50th Reunion to be Memorable in Many Ways

Save The Music, Firestone, APS to Make Music
Posted on 07/12/2022
Image of Save the Music logoWhen Firestone High School’s Class of 1972 graduated and began dispersing in all directions, no one was thinking about a 50th Reunion in Akron in 2022. Now, that reunion is on tap for September 9-10, and class members are being sought out not only to come together for a golden celebration but also to pay it forward in a special way.

Reunion Committee organizers felt compelled to make this reunion even more memorable by helping invest in today’s young students of Akron in a unique way. That effort comes in the form of a new collaboration with Save The Music Foundation supporting Akron Public Schools to raise $20,000 for a Save The Music Grant supporting a local elementary school, pending school board approval.

“The FHS Class of ’72 inspired Save The Music with their dedication and commitment to investing in their local community through music education,” stated Jaclyn Rudderow, Senior Director of School Programs for Save The Music. “As a result of their support, we will be able to increase our capacity to deliver even more grants in the district, allowing equitable access to music education for years to come. For that, we are very grateful.”

An important part of the FHS Class of ‘72’s campaign is an e-book to be sold on Amazon, with proceeds from the book sale going toward the Save The Music program. The book is being authored by members of the Organizing Committee while other committee members are focusing on the reunion weekend itself. The book, titled “Akron Rocks,” will feature well-known individuals who have called Akron home. From civic and corporate icons to artists, actors and sports figures, mini-biographies highlight some of the many individuals who have made their mark on society.

As a special bonus, the book features extended audio interviews with musical icons discussing the “Akron Sound” as well as written comments from musicians, many of whom are still performing, still bringing joy to fans everywhere. Fans of the music will enjoy hearing from The Black Keys’ Pat Carney, himself a Firestone alumnus, along with Guitar icon Phil Keaggy of Glass Harp fame. Interviews were also conducted with Rock and Roll historian Deanna Adams, Bob Kidney of 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band), and Susan Schmidt Horning of The Poor Girls and Chi Pig. Also interviewed for the book are concert pianist Jeffrey Gilliam, Duquesne basketball coach Keith Dambrot and former Atlanta Falcons player Jeff Merrow, all Firestone alumni themselves.

The E-Book “Akron Rocks” is now available on Amazon in its Kindle store, complete with extended interviews.

Donations to the FHS Class of 1972 Fundraiser can be made directly to the Save The Music webpage at https://donate.savethemusic.org/campaign/firestone-high-school-reunioncommittee/c383750.

The Save The Music Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps students, schools and communities reach their full potential through the power of making music. To learn more, visit savethemusic.org.

For more information, please contact:

Steven Schwartz
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Roger Marks
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Zack Flores
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
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