Thousands pack festival in Upper Darby for beloved music teacher, Brad Schoener

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Local Food Truck Vendors — Music,  Art & Dance Workshops — Poetry Slam! — Raffles — Local Artisans and YMCA Kids’ Zone!

logo for Art Fest UDSD by Brian Powel-1SAVE THE DATE FOR 2018!!! We’d love to have you join us!

DATE: Saturday, May 19, 2018
TIME: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
601 North Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA 19026 (map)

About the Event

Brad Schoener was an amazing musician and inspirational music teacher for thousands of students in the Upper Darby School District. The Brad Schoener Fund Music Festival grew out of an idea Brad had several years ago to hold an event that was a celebration of music of all kinds. This year we are so THRILLED to join with the UDSD Arts Fest —  an open venue for families and friends to share in the incredibly creative, innovative and joyful celebration of amazing art, created by the children of our community.  This year’s Festival includes a Coffee House venue for poetry and performances (sponsored by Five Points Coffee) as well as local professional crafters! Brad was excited about the idea and so is his family and thousands of Upper Darby students and alumni, colleagues and friends. Our event is a festival fusion of music,  art, dance, theater, fashion, and community inside and outside the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center!

Featuring Local Food Vendors:


Ms. T’s Home Cooking

693 Burmont Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

2017 Schoener Festival of Upper Darby Arts Performance Schedule – CLICK HERE!

Featured Performers

The Dirty Bohemians

Modern Funk/Rock Fusion! 8 jazz musicians from South Jersey and Philly playing some funky jams and having a good time! Band Members: Raymond Clayton- Keys, John Kelly-Keifer- Drums, Patrick Oberstaedt- Bass, Zach Birnbaum- Guitar/Vox, Evan Smith- Bari, Dylann Band- Tenor, Josue Villegas- Trumpet, Carmelo Villegas- Trumpet


UD Alumnus, Ikechi Onyenaka & his Quintet

Shut Up Donny

Shut up Donny plays Blues, Classic Rock, Country, and Grunge. Rob Kleinhans – Guitar/Vocals/Slide, Stu O’Connor – Bass/Harp/Vocals/Guitar, Matt Creighton – Drums/Vocals, Honorary Band Members: Christie Reinhardt – Vocals/Percussion,
Mike Gephardt – Drums/Guitar, Mark Bilodeau – Guitar / Slide Guitar, Hodge Strange – Guitar/Vocals


The Salometers

Band Members-Sal Graci – Keyboard, Vocals; Mike Volpe – Guitars, Vocals; Mark Alexander – Drums, Percussion; Sally Eisenberg – Vocals, Percussion; Mark Breymeyer – Bass; Ron Wolskee – Saxophone


The Mansfield Brass

Local professional musicians from Lansdowne – Brenda Rich, Horn; Pete Jensen, Trombone; Paul Del Rossi, Director & Trumpet; Ginny Lockwood, Trumpet; and Mark Benson, Tuba will bring a variety of musical styles to the festivities!

Mike Nappi

UD Alumnus & Music Producer/Artist – Experience NappiMusic – the world of Mike Nappi. Mike is a singer, songwriter, producer, MC, performer, instrumentalist, beat creator from West Chester PA.

The Merion Concert Band

The Merion Concert Band is a community concert band based in Lower Merion Township, PA. Co-founders Mary Culbert and Joe Rhode started the Merion Musical Society in 1977 with the mission to “foster and promote music and the interests of music in the community.”

The Philadelphia Clef Club 10 AM Jazz Cats! The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts is ranked highly as a must visit venue that offers America’s original art form jazz on a regular basis. Part of Berklee School of Music’s Berklee City Music Network — you might even see some familiar Upper Darby faces in this gang!

Settlement Music School Jazz Ensemble

A 60 to 90 minute weekly program designed for students with at least two years of experience on their instruments. A comprehensive program for beginning, intermediate and advanced jazz students that includes ensemble, small combo work and classes on jazz improvisation.



The Kimmel Center Creative Music Program Magenta  The Kimmel Center Creative Music Program is a full and ongoing free weekend music program, intended for students between the ages of 11 and 20. The program focuses on stimulating each student’s creativity, whilst simultaneously developing their musicianship, utilizing the framework of the jazz tradition. We can name at least three amazing Upper Darby High School music stars in this photo…. can you? (Immanuel Wilkins, Yesseh Furaha-Ali,  Henry Tirfe)

State Street Miracles

The State Street Miracles, a performance troupe of 14 adults with intellectual disabilities, continue to spread the joy of music and dance while increasing awareness of the talents and abilities of people with disabilities. The Miracles are ambassadors in song who are professional, yet spontaneous as they introduce themselves and perform a repertoire of songs from show tunes to modern rock hits including the Journey song, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

We are always looking for all kinds of artists – groups, individuals, instrumentalists, vocalists, bands, choirs, amateurs to professionals. New performers will submit an audition CD, DVD or mp3, and participants will be chosen by the Marathon Committee. Proceeds will benefit The Brad Schoener Music Fund which is dedicated to supporting music lessons, instruments, workshops, and the Schoener MusicMan Camp for talented young Upper Darby musicians.

TIEMTIEM – West Chester Indie/Emo Band. Pronounced “Team”