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Lancaster music store plans free concert

A Lancaster music store that helps keep programs humming in local schools is putting together a free concert to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Employees of Twin Village Music will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Richard E. Pascucci Memorial Bandshell on Oxford Avenue in Lancaster. A mix of big band and rock ‘n’ roll music will be performed.

“It will be the staff of our store, which is about 30 of us all total,” Rudy Tichy III said Wednesday. That includes 16 music teachers who still give lessons to about 400 students weekly, as well as staff who work in sales and repair.

“A lot of them do ‘gig out’ regularly with their own bands,” Tichy said, but this particular gathering will be the first of its kind.

The business was founded in 1954 by Rudolph Tichy Jr., then a music teacher in the Clarence School District, and his wife Dolores. It began as a teaching studio, then evolved to include the rental, sales and repair of instruments.

Servicing school music programs has become its primary focus.

Tichy III and his sister, Rosemary Penksa, run the business now, but the family’s love and passion for music continues to spread far and wide.

The younger Tichy has a master’s degree in music education; his wife, Susan, and another sister, Marcia, are music teachers in suburban school districts. The entire family has played with the Lancaster Town Band.