Eight Alumni Will Be Inducted Into Kenmore East Performing Arts Hall of Fame
This will be the fourth group honored by the school and, just like previous inductees, this group spans the full range of artistic endeavors and all are graduates or educators from the 57-year-old school.
The class includes the late Buffalo music legend, drummer Ted Reinhardt, and his brother Tom, a bass guitarist. They will be joined by another musician, pianist Eric Alsford, whose career also include a role as a conductor and music director.
There will also be three new members from the broadcast media, including Emmy award-winning television writer and producer Jeanine Hunter, radio personality Jim McGee, and award-winning television editor Deborah Moran.
On the theatrical side, there is producer/director Carin Zakes and renowned poet Molly Peacock, the star of a one-woman show.
A total of 30 local and national stars from the fields of music, theater and film were previously chosen for this award over the past six years. The biographies of these individuals read like a script for the Lincoln Center awards and the winners cover the gamut across all the different entertainment arenas.
These include a costume mistress who managed the Metropolitan Opera and "Saturday Night Live"; a film producer of such hits as "A Single Man" & "The Golden Compass"; the special effects genius behind "Avatar"; and the conductor of the U.S. Army Field Band.
On the dramatic side, inductees represent the Broadway stage; television; movies and radio. Comedic twins Paul & Peter Vogt; musical theater stars Corinne Melancon and Brian Charles Johnson; and radio personality Tom Bauerle are represented on the special Kenmore East wall.
Musically, the range of talent is phenomenal, including Billy Sheehan and Dave Constantino - members of the rock band "Talas"; a jazz musician and a professional drummer; song-writers and composers; and the makings of an incredible brass section.