The Young Yukes, Yukies and Tri State Ukeclectic Orchestra on stage at The Hancock Performing Arts Center on October 25th. The musical play was well received and all of our BCMC students did a great job! Thanks to the Hancock Arts Council, patrons and the families of our students for their continued support. Special thanks to the Tri State Ukeclectic Orchestra and their leader and playwright Mike Kilgerman!
Stacy Drake, our valued VISTA member, has completed his year of service to BlackCat Music Cooperative.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Tom & Virginia Seely Foundation, we were fortunate to be able to offer Stacy a second year, and he has graciously accepted!
I’m sure I speak for all our Board members when I say to Stacy: Your energy, talent and
hard work have delivered great benefits to BCMC. Your passion and innovation have been vital to our organization’s growth, and most importantly, to the kids we serve and empower. We look forward to another year of partnership with a fabulous VISTA!
Thank you, Stacy!
Janet Gauthier, Executive Director
BlackCat Music Cooperative
Thank you Reverb for making a difference in Morgan County!
Here we grow! New offices, right next to BlackCat Music Shop, 155 B Independence Street, Berkeley Springs. More details and photos coming soon! Thank you for your support and generosity to make this possible!
Our Music in Your Life series continues with an incredible story about a famous ukulele. Our sincere thanks to Helen Overly, for sharing this story from The Daily News, Huntingdon, PA.
The Konter Ukulele may be the most valuable ukulele in the world. It was owned by Richard Konter, “Ukulele Dick,” who joined Admiral Richard Byrd’s famed expedition to the North Pole in 1926. During the expedition, he obtained signatures at every opportunity, including those of all 45 crew members of the Admiral Byrd expedition and the Admiral himself. It’s the only artifact that traveled to the North Pole because it was smuggled under the seat of the airplane. The ukulele also made a trip to the White House and was signed by President Calvin Coolidge, along with the vice president, the secretary of state, the secretary of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Amelia Earhart, Thomas Edison, Charles Lindbergh and many, many more. The soprano ukulele contains more than 155 signatures. The replica includes all signatures, which have been carefully laser-etched into the beautiful koa wood. The soprano ukulele also features vintage style violin peg tuners and a replica of the original interior label.
“THE ORIGINAL KONTNER UKULELE”