The latest inductees to the Lebanon County Musician’s Hall of Fame were announced to the public earlier this spring. The Lebanon County Musicians’ Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Harmonia Music Association of Lebanon PA.
The Harmonia Music Association was founded in 1890 by Lee L. Grumbine and is associated with the Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs.
Due to current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the inductees will be recognized formally at a later date. Once the date for the ceremony is confirmed, the Harmonia Board members will reveal it to the public.
The Lebanon County Musicians’ Hall of Fame 2020 inductees are as follows:
Raymond Brinker III
Raymond Brinker III, originally from Annville, is currently a professional drummer in the Los Angeles-based Tierney Sutton Band. Brinker is a “first call” drummer and has had the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood and Ray Charles.
Frank DiNunzio, Jr.
The late Frank DiNunzio, Jr., also known as “Frankie Dee,” was a professional entertainer whose music was played on Lebanon County’s WLBR station for over a decade. DiNunzio additionally owned a Hershey nightclub called “Frankie Dee’s Country Place.”
Michael J. Kitchen, Sr.
Michael J. Kitchen, Sr. is the director of the male chorus at the St. John A.M.E. Church in Lebanon County. The chorus has performed “Thank You Lord,” a Kitchen original, at a previous Harmonia concert. He has experience working with groups including Anointed Praise, Chosen and the Gospel Messengers, and Warriors for God.
Steve Meashey is a self-taught professional bassist from Lebanon County. Meashey plays professionally around the Lebanon area including at Gretna Playhouse and Gretna Summer Dinner-Theater.
Sally Ann Miller-Checket
Sally Ann Miller-Checket has more than 47 years of experience as a Lebanon City Public School music teacher, soprano soloist and vocal teacher. In addition, Miller-Checket is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Harmonia Music Association and the Lebanon County Educational Honor Society.
Chad E. Smith
Palmyra High School graduate Chad E. Smith is a professional saxophonist and woodwind professor at Montclair State University who currently lives in New York City. Smith has played in Broadway orchestras and other shows across New York City, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Congratulations to all the inductees!
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This article was updated to include Chad Smith’s connection to Lebanon County.