Instruments Presented to School in Memory of Ray Kuhn
By David Keeler
Students at the Wyalusing Area Elementary School will have the use of two new trombones, thanks to a donation from a fund set up in memory of Towanda area resident Ray Kuhn.
Kuhn, who passed away on Jan. 30, 2011 when he was 79, was a member of the Wyalusing Adult Band for many years, starting in 1970.
“He was a musician all his life,” his wife, Rowena, said recently. “He started playing professionally when he was just 12 years old. He was a natural and could play most any instrument he picked up.”
Wyalusing Elementary band director, Bob Shumway, who formerly led the adult band, said Kuhn also played with the pit band during the annual Wyalusing High School spring musical productions even though he didn’t live in the school district. “He played the trumpet, trombone, baritone and tuba,” Shumway recalled. “He loved to play jazz and was a great improviser.”
Kuhn moved to the Towanda area in 1969. He was employed at GTE Sylvania, later Osram Sylvania, as a computer programmer.
Kuhn’s daughter, Marlene Hulsizer, is a teacher at the Wyalusing Area Elementary School.