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SHARON Induction set for September for vocal hall



Published: Sun, July 1, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Some previous inductees will be on hand to serve as presenters at this year's ceremony.

By HAROLD GWIN

VINDICATOR SHARON BUREAU

SHARON, Pa. -- As many as 800 schoolchildren can participate in a Music In Education program offered as part of the 2001 induction ceremonies Sept. 12-15 at the Vocal Group Hall of Fame & amp; Museum.

This year's event will feature a daylong education program featuring some of the musical stars being inducted into the hall of fame, said Tiffany Frank, hall director.

The performers will discuss teamwork in performing as well as offer clinics in music and vocal harmony in sessions that begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 and run into the afternoon.

Lunch will be provided, and the cost is $1.50 per student.

Schools in the area are being contacted about the program so they can make reservations for their pupils, Frank said.

That's just one part of the four days of activities surrounding the ceremony that will see 14 vocal groups inducted into the Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2001.

Past winners: Frank said some past winners who couldn't be here when their own groups were inducted are coming to this year's ceremony to serve as presenters.

Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary, Little Anthony of Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Hank Ballard of Hank Ballard and The Midnighters, all inducted as part of the Class of 1999, and Diz Russell of The Orioles, a group inducted in the inaugural Class of 1998, are among those who be handing this year's inductees their Harmmys, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame's equivalent of a Grammy, Frank said.

Mary Wilson of The Supremes, inducted with the Class of 1998, and Jay Warner, six-time Grammy-winning music publisher will return as hosts for the ceremony.

Other events: Activities will again center in the Shenango Valley with a celebrity golf tournament in which foursomes will be teamed with a member of one of the groups being inducted this year, a pre-ceremony celebration dinner and concert featuring a secret guest performer and a post-ceremony, open-air concert in the parking lot behind the Hall of Fame at 98 E. State St.

Frank said a number of the groups being inducted this year will perform, including The Oak Ridge Boys, The Pied Pipers, The Lettermen and The Miracles, as well as a number of other performers, including Wilson, The Orioles and The Memories.

The parking lot will be fenced off for paid seating at $10 for pre-ceremony tickets or $12 at the gate, but the public can see the show for free from areas surrounding the lot.

New building: The second building of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame & amp; Museum will also be open by that time.

The Pop Music Building, which opened in December 1997, was the first of four buildings proposed by co-founders Tony Butala of The Lettermen and Sharon businessman James E. Winner Jr.

The Barbershop Music Building, across the street, will open Aug. 18, Frank said, noting that details on that ceremony will be released later.

No time frame has been developed for the opening of buildings dedicated to gospel and country and western music, she said.

Bronze plaques bearing the names of the inducted groups are ready and will be placed in the center of bronze stars imbedded in the sidewalks along both sides of East State Street in front of the Hall of Fame & amp; Museum buildings in time for this year's induction ceremony, Frank said.

Although Butala and Winner are the founders, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame & amp; Museum is a nonprofit organization that must rely on donations, admission revenue and grants to keep its doors open, Frank said.

Schedule: The schedule of events for this year's induction celebration includes:

USept. 12: Music and Memories 2001 Celebrity Golf Classic at Oak Tree Country Club, West Middlesex. Shotgun start at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are $125 and include the evening dinner concert in Brookfield, or $80 for the golf outing only.

U Sept. 12: Induction Celebration Dinner and Concert at 7 p.m. at Tiffany Banquet Center, Brookfield. Tickets are $50.

U Sept. 13: Doors at the Pop Music Building in Sharon open at noon with the Induction Ceremony set for 1 p.m. Tickets are $100 and include VIP seating at the post-induction concert.

U Sept. 13: Music and Memories Concert 2001 in the Chestnut Avenue parking lot at 6:30 p.m. Seating opens at 5:30 p.m.

U Sept. 14: Music in Education program begins at 10 a.m. in the Pop Music Building.

U Sept. 15: Record Show begins at 10 a.m. in the Pop Music Building, sponsored by Keystone Record Collectors and Goldmine magazine. Admission is $5.

XFor more information, call (800) 753-1648 or (724) 983-2025 or contact the hall's Web site at www.vocalhalloffame.com.




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