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COMMUNITY

Reading Buccaneers
Recipient of the
2017 Pagoda Award
Pagoda Award and special concert to be held
Monday, April 3, 2017, at DoubleTree by Hilton Reading
as part of the 27th annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest.

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erks Arts Council will honor Berks County's
championship drum and bugle corps the
Reading Buccaneers with the 2017 Pagoda
Award for Excellence in the Arts for 60 years of
unparalleled performance excellence at 7:00 p.m.,
Monday, April 3, at DoubleTree by Hilton Reading. The Pagoda Award coincides with the 60th
anniversary of the Reading Buccaneers and the
30th anniversary of the Buccaneer Alumni Drum
and Bugle Corps.
"On behalf of six decades of Buccaneers, I thank
the Berks Arts Council for this incredible honor,"
said Corps Director Louis D. Tierno. "We are
proud to have represented the Greater Reading
area for the past 60 years, and we have valued our
long association with the Berks Arts Council. To
receive this recognition from the local arts community, and to share the evening with Al Chez and
The Brothers of Funk, is particularly gratifying. We
look forward to a wonderful evening and a great
60th anniversary season."
Berks Arts Council Board President Lee Olsen
stated: "I am proud to announce that Berks Arts
Council chose to commemorate the Reading Buccaneers. We are thrilled to recognize the Bucs' 60
years of exceptional work."
Pagoda Award Chairperson Kevin Barnhardt added:
"I have spent a lot of time with the Buccaneers
over the past year, and I am inspired by the energy
and commitment to Artistic Excellence that this
corps has shown."

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The Awards Ceremony will include a special
Berks Jazz Fest performance to honor the "Bucs"
with Buccaneers' alumnus Al Chez performing
with his band - The Brothers of Funk Big Band.
Karen Haver, Berks Arts Council Executive
Director, shared: "With the long history of production support from the Reading Buccaneers
for the Berks Jazz Fest, we felt that the Fest was
the ideal time to honor the Bucs. Including the
concert and awards in the Fest allows us to really
create a special celebration."



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