SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit High School Spring Concert “Main Street America” provided the backdrop for a poignant memorial to Frank Lehr, Hilltopper Class of '78 alum and music program devotee, who passed away in October 2015.
Over his years in the Summit schools Lehr was a member of the Concert Band, the “Stage Band” as the Big Band was then called, the Marching Band, and numerous musical theater productions.
Following Lehr's passing after a battle with brain cancer, many of his Summit High School classmates, with guidance from Big Band Director Alex Bocchino, sought to honor his memory by purchasing and presenting a gift of music stands for the Big Band.
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Between such standards as “Fly Me to the Moon,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and one of Frank’s favorites, “The Summer Wind,” Terry Dunne spoke of his classmate and best friend’s love for music as a thread that sewed together much more than seasonal band concerts and high school musicals.
Music was the thread, said Dunne, that sewed together lasting relationships and common interests from the early years at the then Summit Junior High, hearkening back to band directors Angelo Merola and Joe Loreti, who taught the importance of cooperation and teamwork among performers.
Another of Lehr's friend, John Dougherty, said, "Frank Lehr was a kind, friendly and decent person.The type of person you were lucky to have know and to have been able to call your friend. RIP my friend."