Concert to benefit scholarship in memory of Penn Hills English teacher
Penn Hills School District English teacher Ken Greene died in February 2013, but if Bobby Fello of Penn Hills has his way, Greene’s memory will live on through a scholarship.
Fello, bass player for Penn Hills band Katie Hate, has organized an April 11 concert at Penn Hills High School to try to establish the Ken Greene Memorial Scholarship.
Greene, who lived in Unity Township, was a member of the Poor Souls, a Penn Hills classic rock cover band.
Fello said he and Greene found common ground as musicians.
“I never had him as a teacher, but I would always end up just talking with him because we shared an interest in music,” Fello said.
“There were a couple times when I’d bring my guitar up to his classroom, and he’d take time out just to talk with me and show me some things. I had a personal connection with him.”
At Fello’s 2013 commencement, “they really didn’t say anything or have a moment of silence for him, and I’m kind of upset that I didn’t think of it myself,” he said.
When he began to think about what he could do to help preserve Greene’s memory, a scholarship immediately came to mind.
While Katie Hate will not be part of the evening’s lineup, Fello will play as part of a duo with fellow Penn Hills resident Ethan Obenreder.
“He’ll be playing acoustic guitar, and I’ll be on bass,” Fello said.
In addition, Colorblind, Penn Hills residents Dustin Blickenderfer and Mikaila Carter also will perform, and two members of Greene’s former band will be accompanied by a few musically talented Penn Hills School District staff members.
The concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Bond Auditorium at Penn Hills High School, 309 Collins Drive. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. Fello said he hopes at least 100 people will show up, which will allow him to present a $500 scholarship at the district’s annual scholarship night, set for May 7.
“I’m definitely going to tell people I want to make this an annual thing and get support to do it every year,” he said.
Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or email@example.com.