Kenmore East Seeking 2019 Performing Arts Hall of Fame Nominations

Music, drama, artistic talents would join “Who’s Who” of inductees

The Kenmore East Performing Arts Hall of Fame Committee is looking for nominees for its 2019 class. This will be the fifth group honored by the school and pervious inductees span the full range of artistic endeavors — all graduates or educators from the 58-year-old school.

Nomination are due by mid-September. Any former students, teachers or school staff that have committed their life to the performing arts — as a career or even just a lifetime passion — may be eligible for induction.


Next year’s class — former students and/or school staff — will be honored at an induction event on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7 pm. The special ceremony will take place in the school’s auditorium and is free to the public.

38 local and national stars from the fields of music, theater, film, TV and radio were previously chosen for this award over the past seven years. The biographies of these individuals read like a script for the Lincoln Center awards and the winners cover the gamut across all the different entertainment arenas.

These include two Emmy award-winners; a costume mistress for the Metropolitan Opera and Saturday Night Live; a film producer of such hits as “The Golden Compass”; the special effects genius behind “Avatar”; and the conductor of the U.S. Army Field Band.

Musically, the range of talent is phenomenal, including WNY music legends Ted & Tom Reinhardt, as well as Billy Sheehan and Dave Constantino — members of the rock band “Talas”. A very fine orchestra could be formed from the individuals who have been inducted in the first four ceremonies, including piano, drums and an incredible brass section.

On the dramatic side, inductees represent the Broadway stage; television; movies and radio. Comedic twins Paul & Peter Vogt; musical theater stars Corinne Melancon and Brian Charles Johnson; and radio personalities, Tom Bauerle and Jim McGee, are represented on the special Kenmore East wall.

For more information on the Hall, induction ceremony or the new members, please contact ke_alumni@ktufsd.org or call 716-874-8402.

Kenmore East Alumni Association Announces 2018 Hall of Distinction Inductees

Kenmore East and the Kenmore East Alumni Association will conduct its seventh Hall of Distinction Induction Ceremonies on Saturday May 12,2018 at 7 pm in the school auditorium.

This year’s inductees include;

  • Mark Brylinski, ’82 – Realtor, Community Servant
  • David Glor, ’99 – Entrepreneur, Brewmeister
  • Jeff Glor, ’93 – Anchor, CBS Evening News
  • Dr. Rich Glor ’94 – Curator, Biodiversity Institute, Kansas University
  • Dr. Michael Groden, ’65 – Distinguished University Professor, University of Western Ontario
  • Dan’l Lewin, ’72 – Corporate VP Microsoft, President, President/CEO Computer History Museum
  • Dr. Lisa Manz-Dulac, ’79 – Dermatologist, Medical Missionary
  • Jeff Mueller, ’79 – Executive Analyst and Inteligence Manager

The Kenmore East Hall of Distinction has been established to honor those former students who, throughout their lives, have exhibited those values, qualities, and characteristics traditionally held, fostered and encouraged by Kenmore East High School.
To qualify for consideration, the nominee must have graduated from Kenmore East at least fifteen (15) years ago. Nominees for this honor shall have exhibited those traditional Kenmore East values and qualities in an unusual and sustaining manner, and in so doing, have not only influenced others, but have also contributed in a significant way to his or her community.

The ceremony is open to the public at no charge.


GRABENSTATTER – Susan L. (nee Veil)
November 22, 2017, at age 70, beloved wife of John J. Grabenstatter; devoted mother of Katherine (Matt) Szwarc and Mary Grabenstatter; loving grandmother of Michael and Theodore; dear sister of Jeffrey (Theresa) Wilber. Family and friends are invited on Saturday, December 9th, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2669 Sheridan Dr., Tonawanda for a greeting at 10:30 AM followed by a Memorial Service to be celebrated at 11 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Arrangements by AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Please share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.

Looking for Old Musical Programs

The KE Music Department plans to create a history of the musicals by creating a hallway of programs from the first musical in 1960, HMS Pinafore to this year’s production of Once Upon this Island.  They are in need of programs from 1960 through 1977.  If any alumnus has an extra program from any of those productions and is willing to donate it to the school, it would be greatly appreciated.  It may be sent to; Mrs. Jill Neuhaus, KE High School, 350 Fries Rd. Tonawanda NY 14150.  If you have one that you are unwilling to part with but would be willing to copy, please copy the front cover and send to the address above. If you can scan the cover, please send it electronically to Jneuhaus@ktufsd.org.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

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Here you will find news on upcoming events, pictures videos and much more.

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Press Release

Kenmore East High School and the Kenmore East High School Alumni Association are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 7th Annual Hall of Distinction induction.

Past inductees have exhibited great contributions in their professional fields as well as humanitarian and cultural achievements at the local, national, and international level.

Click here for the nomination form.

Nominations must be submitted by January 15, 2016. Induction ceremonies will take place at Kenmore East High School on May 6, 2016.

2018 Basket Raffle Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the KE basket raffle at the Brighton Music Fest  -Cindy Card Hulpiau – Class of ’78  

The KEAA Association will have a tent at the Fest again next year.  We encourage all to join the Alumni Association – big things are forthcoming.  

Looking for Representation

KEAA is looking for class representatives.

Click here to find out more.

Kenmore East Yearbooks

Kenmore East Yearbooks are currently being posted at the Kenmore East Website. While all are not available at this point, many from the 60s and 70s are available for review. These will continued to be posted as they become available.

To view those that are available, click here.