City proclamation honors four local musicians

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Cortland mayor Scott Steve has proclaimed this upcoming Sunday (Jan. 7) as “Four Musical Giants Day” for deceased musicians that provided a positive musical impact in the city.

Steve read the proclamation at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, honoring the following late musicians:

  • Samuel L. Forcucci lived a life in service to his country and community; his musical influence spanning 34 years as a music instructor at SUNY Cortland, 31 years as Music Director at St. Anthony’s and 21 years as Director of the Old Timer’s Band.
  • Donna J. Yacavone enriched the lives of others as a friend and music teacher at St. Mary’s School; Choir, Music and Liturgy Director at St. Margaret’s Church; and as Director of the Homer High School Band and Cortland Old Timers Band.
  • Donna K. Anderson was an endearing member of the SUNY Cortland music faculty for 30 years, and shared her gifts as a pianist with the community, students and colleagues among whom she was greatly admired.
  • Barbara B. Pauldine was beloved as a music educator who shared her time and talent, and inspired others to pursue professional music careers or follow their love of music and join with her in the Choral Union or St. Mary’s Choir.

Cortland Music, Inc. will present a concert in memoriam of the four musicians who “have  enriched the lives of countless people through their teaching, inspiration, leadership and musical performance,” according to the proclamation.

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 7) at the United Presbyterian Church at 25 Church St. in Cortland.

The full “Four Musical Giants Day” proclamation can be found here.