What Donald Webster has loved about the town band since he founded it 50 years ago is the way it shows high-school students that involvement in music can last a lifetime.

A congregation of about 90 Micronesians from the Chuuk islands in the northern Pacific Ocean has worshiped each week in Guilderland since 2011.

The Empire State Youth Orchestra has a new musical director. It also has roots in and ongoing connections to Guilderland.

Andy Spence, who founded and has led Old Songs Inc. for the past 40 years, has taken a step back and handed control of her not-for-profit to Joy Bennett, a former director of contracts for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Sydney Worthley is making the rounds on the summer festival-circuit, on Aug. 18, she plays the Hope Rocks Festival, in Saugerties.

SCHOHARIE — The Depot Lane Singers, in its 39th year, begins rehearsals for winter concert programs on Tuesday, Sept. 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Lexie Paddon, 18, wants to be a lawyer who advocates for children in court. She also wants to help them find their way toward self-expression through music.

EAST BERNE — Cahal Dunne, a singer, pianist, and entertainer, will be performing at Maple on the Lake in East Berne, Sunday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m.

This will be the third time Dunne will perform at the restaurant; his performances have been organized by longtime Berne resident Peggy Warner.


GUILDERLAND — Flutist Kathleen O’Mara will perform Claude Bolling’s “Sentimentale” accompanied by the Guilderland Town Band, July 13, at 7:30 at the Guilderland Performing Arts Center in Tawasentha Park. This is the second concert of the band’s 48th season.


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