Newsmaker: Chris Protho
Noteworthy: Protho was named the International Festivals & Events Association 2013 Volunteer of the Year for his work with Music for All, an organization that runs marching and concert band festivals around the country and a summer music camp. He started with Music for All in 1990 as a freshman at West Virginia University, has volunteered more than 7,000 hours and risen from parking lot attendant to contest coordinator.
Residence: Adams, Butler County
Family: Wife, Amy; two children, Jenna, 11, and Joshua, 3
Education: Bachelor's degree in music from WVU and master's degree in education from California University of Pennsylvania. Pursuing a Ph.D. in instructional management and leadership at Robert Morris University
Background: Has taught music and served as band director at Mars Area Middle School for 15 years. Previously taught in the New Kensington Arnold School District.
Quote: “At first, I enjoyed doing the work, whether it was parking buses or managing a warm up area. ... Now at this time, I've really become committed to Music for All's mission, which is providing life-changing experiences through music. Having that opportunity to work with children and the teachers and adults is pretty rewarding for me.”