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The Sound of Love: Nittany Knights' Singing Valentines Continue a Local Tradition

by on February 11, 2018 5:00 AM

Love and music are in the air as the Nittany Knights' Singing Valentines barbershop quartet gets ready to serenade sweethearts around Centre County.

It's been a Valentine's Day tradition for more than 20 years. 

Bill Drosnes, coordinator for the Singing Valentines says when some people are embarrassed at first when the quartet surprises them with three classic love songs. But that quickly turns to joy.

"After about 30 seconds, let's say, it becomes really cool," Drosnes said. "She knows that her husband came up with this incredible, fantastic idea."

The singers will perform in all kinds of settings on Feb. 13 and 14 -- offices, classrooms, retirement homes. Mark Ciletti, a member for nine years, says it's a gift unlike any other.

"A dozen roses is beautiful, but after a week the memories are gone," Ciletti said. "It's different, and it creates a memory that will last a lifetime."

The Singing Valentines are the main fundraiser for the Nittany Knights to support their community service projects and end-of-year show.

Centre County Report's Katie Filling has more on this two-decade tradition.

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The Centre County Report is produced by students and faculty from Penn State's College of Communications. It is designed to serve a dual purpose. It is a source of news and information to the residents of Centre County.
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