Wasn't able to make the reunion, but it was fun looking at the comments
and photos on the web. Thanks!
- Greg Livadas '80
I have just spent WAY too much time going thought the Shahin Era
website. What a fantastic site. You '70's kids' are so organized!
Seeing 'Ma' Bonsignore was the best! She is a wonderful
Sue Smith Kitchen
Color Guard, 1979-1982
Thank you for having the guts & willpower to fight through
everything (and all the doubters) and to pull off this great event.
I had a time that will not be forgotten soon. I know many others
did as well. You, and your team, have made our personal
histories better for the renewal of these people, and their spirit,
Chris Enos '66
What a great time Dan and I had at the reunion, fabulous idea to put
this together. Hope you enjoyed yourself, you worked so hard to pull
this off - and it was incredibly successful!!
The website pictures that Bob put on are great! I am looking
forward to the photoCDs!
Joanie DiPaola '75 (and Dan Schwehm '76)
Wonderful web site, you have outdone yourself! I am still thinking
about the great time my brother Ray and I had at the reunion.
To all who made it possible, a heartfelt thank you.
I have even been inspired (band jam) to pick up the sax again, just
can't decide whether to try soprano or stick with the alto. I also
really enjoy listening to the CD's while driving between Vegas and
Edwards, CA. I feel so fortunate to have been part of it.
Steve Coulombe '70
I just had to take a minute to thank you for all your work. I enjoyed
every minute of the evening. I ran into Sue Kuras at a meeting Monday.
As she drove through the parking lot, she had the Marching Kings on
her CD player, and everyone got to hear it!
It was wonderful being with so many friends. I enjoyed seeing so many
that I haven't seen in over 30 years.
Thank you for the millions of hours that you spent organizing.
Gail Schlemitz Michaels
I could have spent days catching up with everyone and still
not get below the tip of the iceberg! 33 years is
a lot of living! ... The reunion and subsequent visits
[with friends] were all very special and I am grateful to all who
worked so diligently on the project. Please extend
my gratitude to them.
Janet Koetter Oxford '70
I just wanted to say a million THANKS for all your great work on
the website and pulling together that whole GIG
I am constantly impressed by the Website!
I had a great time meeting with everyone, and only wish there was
I have been listening to the CDs and it has brought tears to my eyes
a couple times already to hear all that.
After listening to these CDs, would like to buy another set or two
for posterity, in case I scratch these up.....
SO! Are you ready to start p[lanning the NEXT reunion>? It
was such a blast. I would love to do it over again. Seems
Thanks again for the opportunity and all your great work.
I wish we could do this every year!
Hope you enjoy these pics from the event (below). My compliments
to all of those involved in putting this event together, the website,
food, band jam, memory boards. And the location was the best and most
unique. It was really super!
To all of you involved, thanks for reminding me that Ray and the band
made it more than just high school.
Frank DiPrimo, '83, Drum Line
Sgt. Frank DiPrimo
Rochester Police Department
I was so sorry to have missed this! Thanks for the pictures, though.
Glad to see that I'm not the only one with a shiny head! Kim Jackson,
you look fantastic -- like you stepped out of a time warp. Thanks
to the organizers, and for this website!
Jim Tausch '79
Jesus Christ Superstar
Bye Bye Birdie
The King & I
(and I can't remember if I was in Godspell or not!)
46 North Avenue
Webster, NY 14580
I can't begin to express how much I enjoyed the weekend.
Saturday morning brought chills up and down my spine and tears to
my eyes. I especially enjoyed meeting the flutists and piccoloists
(sp?) from later years. There was such a feeling of kinship
from our shared musical experience. I have many new band
memories to cherish.
Thanks so much for all your hard work.
Jane Caufield Flaherty
I just wanted to say THANKS for all of your great work on the reunion.
It was wonderful seeing you and the reunion was great fun. It
brought back Soooooo many great memories. I know it had to be
a labor of love for you all, but it was absolutely wonderful and I
had a spectacular time. Thanks again !
Dick Mahany '71
Thank you for doing what you did, putting together that reunion. Based
on the amazing turnout, it was something that definitely should have
been done and frankly, I'm surprised no one else thought of it
sooner. And it wasn't just the number of people who turned out, it was,
well, the attitude (for lack of a better word) of the people who came.
No cliques or exclusive conversation clutches; many people checked my
nametag and said "Hi" to me. And the people who went
to the mike and sang - they weren't smug, didn't have to be dragged
up there like they probably would have at my high school reunion - Brighton.
And they still sounded good. They sounded just as good as Martha
and the Vandels 'still sound' - who we went to see a couple of
weeks earlier. This shows me that what you guys learned
in the performing musical arts at Kearney was not just musical or intellectual,
but spiritual...a time of personal growth. I think a lot of you
folks took it for granted, but the reunion gave you the clarity of "Hey,
we really DID have something! And it's still here!"
Believe it or not, after Joanne and I finally left there and
got home, we sat at the kitchen table and at 1:00 a.m. popped in one
of the band's CDs we'd bought and listened to the entire thing. You
guys were good enough to fill in for the Tonight Show.
I thank you even though it wasn't my school or my band, because I came
away from there having seen for myself that there was/is something very
very good in real life - not in the movies - and that people who are
close to me were and are a part of it, and therefore so am
Rich Gardner, guest of Joanne Guarnere
It was a great weekend. It was so much fun to feel 16 again
and to be able to
reminisce about being part of something that was so wonderful.
people spoke to me about how the band or musical productions influenced
their lives. Several people have taken up performing as adults
directing children. Thank you everyone for your effort in pulling this
Kathy Finnegan '76
You all did a great job on the reunion events. Thanks again for
all your efforts to create "social capital". I really
enjoyed the evening and it was wonderful to reconnect with so many old(and
young)friends. The band sounded great and I even tried to mark
I hope you can now take some vacation time from work, you all deserve
it. Once more, thanks to you and the committee.
Tom & Kathe, and everyone on the committee Thank you
so much. You have been an inspiration to work with. Thank
you.. both.. for making sure everyone felt welcome and valued.
These are some of the reasons alumni come back to work on Kearney events.
It has been my privilege to have worked with you both and to have
helped make the Shahin Era reunion a success!!!
Rosemary Erb '72
Just wanted to let you know that last nights event was great.
It seemed like everyone was having a good time, the food was great,
the location was inspiring and the band jam outside was wonderful.
Your committee sould be very proud of yourselves. Thanks for all
your hard work.
Mary Ann Lacagnina Stone '68
I can't remember when I had so much fun, this last weekend. Thanks
for... helping make it another very special memory from those "Glory
- Doug Morrow
It was my dream come true to see all those people again.
To see those great faces after 30+ years and to hear those songs come
alive again still gives me 'GooseBumps' to think about it. And to
see our beloved Band Director directing with his left hand, playing
his horn in the other, and to hear his anecdotes again, as the commercial
Thanks for everything...
- Sue Boden Dodge
About 300 hundred people came up to me and thanked me for allowing
them the opportunity to relive their childhood. Everyone wanted to
know whos idea was it? I expressed that it was everyones
idea and many people put a great deal of work into this event to make
it happen. With respect to the financial success we achieved our goal
of just breaking even but coming out just a little in the red. A special
thanks has to go out to Kathy Kilmer who sweat over every detail and
made sure everyone felt welcome.
- Tom Erb
The Reunion was super and I enjoyed every minute. It's not often
one gets to revisit one's youth. I include myself as I was only
in my 20's when teaching at BK. I know !!!! I know !!!! I've always
appeared older and Jim Clements believes I was born at age 45.
Tom...Thanks again to you and all of the others who made this
possible. I can only imagine how difficult establishing
this Event was. Great Job !!!
- Doug Kleinhans <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I heard nothing but RAVE reviews from everyone attending! What an absolute rush! I got to see many of my fellow thespians, Rick and Lisa, as well as pit band members and even poeple from my grammar school. The band sounded as fresh as when they played 20-30 years ago! Karaoke was a great success, once we got it out of the little room that doubled for a suana. Thanks to the entire committee for each of their efforts in making the night INCREDIBLE. My sisters and I had a blast.
- Bob Zogby
That was a super time on Saturday. Although I was beat at the end of the night, I wouldn't have traded it for anything! It was so nice to see and talk with people with whom we've lost contact.
- Rick Duncan
Saturday was the most FUN I have had in many years.
In no particular order:
First, we drummers got to learn a new piece. (Thanks Doug!)
Second, I got to see how GOOD the people I taught became. That's not
boasting because I taught them - that's appreciation of the level
of the students that were there.
Third, the people who were there. As Bob Z. says, I saw people I went
to Grammar School with. I also was able to talk with Doug, Guy and
Ray as we never talked before. I even heard Ray admit that the Drum
Line can be Special.
Fourth, Band Jam and the PERFORMANCE! Here comes a confession, Whenever
I had to play in front of strangers, I was scared silly. Saturday,
I had no butterflies, no problems. Why? It was family. I also surprised
myself - I haven't picked up a pair of sticks in >20 years.
These are my high points,
Thanks a Million,
Jay Vee (John Vogt)
Videos of the BANDJAM Saturday Morning
(Quicktime Movies - These are LARGE files...
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NOTE: These files have been highly compressed
for the web.. to see the full video quality version check out the
DVD or VHS video from the Memory Shop.