GJS1GEVA“The Show Must Go On”: A Tribute Concert for Larry Swist – 8/6, Buffalo, NY – See more at:


TICKET RAFFELRadio visionary,  Andrew Langston,

The Latest on Lou

He’ll reunite with original Foreigner members
for one concert

2013 RMHF inductee
Lou Gramm


Rochester Music Hall of Famer, Lou Gramm,
says it’s time to hang up the MIC

Lou Gramm performing at
2013 RMHF induction ceremony


Singer, Brianna Collichio,
inspires as she copes with CF

Brianna Collichio of Spencerport will sing the national anthem at Bills/Jets game


A Rochester Family Business

Northfield Music
50 State St # 15, Pittsford, NY 14534
Phone: (585) 586-4662


Tamra Cherubin
Rochester’s Own, Soul/R&B singer-songwriter


Radio Visionary and Founder of WDKX,
Andrew Langston, Chased his Dream

Andrew Langston


RMHF Saddened by The Passing of Danny Mayer


The Rochester Music Hall of Fame would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and bandmates of Danny Mayer as they mourn his recent sudden passing.

Mayer was a beloved and highly acclaimed musician in the Rochester area best know for his 16 years as the lead vocalist for the rock/metal band, CATCH 22.

Danny was a unique talent, a wonderful person and a devoted father.  He will be dearly missed by the Rochester music community.




Melia in Concert / Montage Music Hall

by Scott Gudell

by Scott Gudell

The Montage Music Hall hosted a pre-Halloween show on Sunday October 30, 2016 as former Runaways Lita Ford roared into town with a tight, full assault band dedicated to sustaining the hard rock of the 1980s and 1990s.  Opening the show was Rochester’s Melia (plus an early appearance by a separate band, Rock-n-Roll Social Club).

Melia has performed sporadically in and around the Rochester area for several years, but has also ventured out of town to Buffalo, Niagara Falls, New York City and more. She also grabbed a few awards at Indie Music Channel Awards events in LA. Melia is celebrating the release of Skeletal Remains, a potent four song EP (mastered by Eastman School grad Bob Ludwig). The new disc is crisp, in-your-face, vibrant, bold and, as she has said, it has a “dark, bittersweet theme throughout the EP.” “Charge Like a Bull” cracks the EP open with its razor sharp rock and roll attack and it keeps rumbling from there.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, Melia painted half of her face in a dramatic black/white skeleton design for the show, echoing the cover of her new EP. She aggressively took the stage dressed in all black and ripped into “Charge Like a Bull” followed by another song from the EP as well as a handful of older songs such as the bitter “Just a Bride” and the withering “Soundproof Walls.” She’s learned a thing or two from Lita and the Runaways (with a bit of Avril Lavigne punk princess tossed into the mix) with Melia’s confident “take no prisoners” stage approach. Many opening acts fight to grab the attention of the crowd impatiently waiting for the headliner but Melia hit the crowd hard with fresh, updated rock sounds and earned their allegiance. The crowd may have journeyed out into the dark night to pay tribute to Lita, but Melia made sure she methodically recruited a few new people into her growing army of fans.

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Long Time WXXI Jazz Radio Host
Tom Hampson Has Passed Away

Tom Hampson

Tom Hampson


Best Wishes from The Cowsills
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The RMHF welcomes new Board member,
Micheline DeFranco

Micheline DeFranco is the Director of Stewardship Communications at the University of Rochester, where she created and manages a donor-centered stewardship communications program across the University, including managing the strategy for recognition and stewardship of principal gifts (commitments of $5 million and more). She previously was Director of Advancement Communications for Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and also owned a writing and consulting business for more than 12 years after working at several local ad agencies as a copywriter and account executive.

Micheline has helped plan and execute successful campaigns of $1.2 billion for the University of Rochester and $160 million for Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and consulted with non-profit organizations and corporations to strategize and achieve fundraising, training, and communications goals.

As a member of the Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center’s Board of Directors, and its fundraising committee chair, she played a key role in creating the first greater Rochester area’s Bleeding Disorders Walk, which has become an annual event for the Center, netting more than $13,000 this year, an increase of more than 270 percent over last year. In honor of her work to establish and successfully implement the Walk, she was recognized with the Center’s first Dorthea Golemb Volunteer Award in 2016.

Micheline graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences and concentrations in neurobiology, music, and English, and was awarded a Cornell Tradition Fellowship in honor of her outstanding academic achievement, campus and community service, and significant work experience.

Micheline has loved music since she was old enough to walk. She began playing the piano by ear at 18 months, when she could finally reach her mother’s upright piano by standing on her tiptoes, and has continued to play piano as well as clarinet, which she picked up at age nine. She has taken lessons and theory classes at Eastman School of Music and Cornell University, and played in the Cornell Wind Ensemble under the baton of Mark Scatterday, now Professor of Conducting and Chair of the Conducting and Ensembles Department at Eastman School of Music. She was also a member of the Cornell Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra with Emeritus Professor Marice Stith, who premiered works by Karel Husa and Robert Palmer among others.

She has subbed for several local groups in the greater Rochester area, including the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra, before joining the Perinton Concert Band in 1998, serving as a member of its board, and performing with the band until 2008. She continues to enjoy playing for community events and organizations. Micheline lives in Brighton with her husband, Gary, and their son, Christian.  


MS. LaRue performing at 2016 RMHF Induction Ceremony

MS. LaRue performing at 2016 RMHF Induction Ceremony

Florence LaRue of 5th Dimension fame sends note
to RMHF expressing sincere thanks

Ms. LaRue performed the song “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In” at the RMHF 2016 induction ceremony held in April at Eastman Theatre’s Kodak Hall in honor of Class of 2016 inductee James Rado (co-author of the Broadway musical HAIR).

The pop vocal group, 5th Dimension, of which LaRue was an original member,  recorded the song which peaked at number one for six weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the spring of 1969.



Fernando Laires, renowned pianist, dies at 91
(Democrat & Chronicle)

RMHF Remembers John Ellson

John Ellison 1952 - 2016

John Ellson 1952 – 2016

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame and its board members wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Mr John Ellson who passed on the 17th of September.
John was a tireless ambassador, promoter, and producer for UK Jazz, and an integral part of the Rochester International Jazz Festival.
He was a wonderful human being, capable of lifting the spirits of all those near him and he will be sorely missed.
The RMHF shares in the sadness of his unexpected death.



Giant Panda debuts at # 1 on Billboard Chart

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Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad - photo by JOSUE RIVAS

Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad                       (click on image to hear song)                                                   photo by JOSUE RIVAS


Rochester’s own, singer, songwriter and meditation Guru, Alana Cahoon, releases new CD

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Upstate recording studios and local businesses support music production tax credit


Supporters of New York is Music, a coalition of more than 200 music-related organizations, gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Rochester and GCR Audio Recording Studio in Buffalo to call on the New York State Senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass the Empire State Music Production Tax Credit (A10083A/ S7485A) and support the creation of jobs in the music production and recording industry in New York state. 


Dossenbach meant music in Rochester

Hermann (1868-1946) and Theodore (1870-1924) Dossenbach: Brothers of German immigrant parents, they settled in Rochester with their family in the early 1870s and went on to become prominent figures in the music scene here. Hermann taught music, and he founded the Dossenbach Orchestra in 1900. It became the Rochester Orchestra in 1912, continuing as a group until 1919. He also founded a music school that was the precursor to the Eastman School of Music. Theodore began the Rochester Park Band, which he led until his death in 1924, after which Hermann led the group until his death in 1946.
Herman Dossenbach and the Rochester Park Band perform on Aviation Day, June 1, 1928. They are on a portable bandstand designed and patented by Hermann's brother Theodore Dossenbach.

Herman Dossenbach and the Rochester Park Band perform on Aviation Day, June 1, 1928. They are on a portable bandstand designed and patented by Hermann’s brother Theodore Dossenbach.

Theodore Dossenbach

Theodore Dossenbach


Orest Hrywnak dies at 59, ex-local radio promo guru 


Orest Hrywnak worked for more than 20 years in promotions for Rochester radio stations and also worked for the Rochester RazorSharks. He died early Thursday.

Orest Hrywnak worked for more than 20 years in promotions for Rochester radio stations and also worked for the Rochester RazorSharks. He died early Thursday.


No chainsaw as Music Hall of Fame adds six

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RMHF 2012 Alumni Performers
to put on a Variety Show

Local dance group parties like it’s 1939. Its Sweetheart Ball is a chance to get in on the action.

Groove Juice Swing Dancers

Groove Juice Swing Dancers

Groove Juice Swing teaches and performs locally.

GJSThe Flower City Fellas are part of the Groove Juice Swing Family


Rochester Music Hall of Famer &
King of airwaves dies at 93
Nick Nickson, WBBF voice


Douglas Lowry, Eastman’s Dean Emeritus dies

Douglas Lowry                                                Photograph courtesy of ESM The Board of Directors of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame, would like to extend its most heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Douglas Lowry, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean Emeritus of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, who passed away on October second.  A remarkable academic leader, conductor, composer and great friend to the Hall of Fame.   Douglas Lowry (1951 – 2013)



RMHF Board members visit The Children’s School #15

RMHF Board members visit The Children’s School #15

  Now it’s the Four Rs

Summer school for the kids at The Children’s School of Rochester, school No. 15  in the city offers instruction in the basic Three Rs—Reading, Riting and Rithmetic, but a new R has been added.  The fourth R is Rmhf as in, the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. RMHF president Karl LaPorta with Board members Tracy Kroft and Jim Richmond gave a history lesson on local music to the kids on July 24th at the request of  Curriculum and Instructional  Practice Specialist, Mary Frenzel.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the presentation which included discussion on local luminaries such Cab Calloway and Chuck Mangione, a short video of clips taken from the Class of 2012 hall of fame induction ceremony and live musical performances by LaPorta and Richmond.  Cab Calloway seems to have piqued their curiosity the most according to Frenzel,  “…We already have several kids wanting to research Cab Calloway further!” Hall of fame Board members are available for similar presentations for students of all ages.  Inquires can be made on the contact page of this web site.