The Norman Zech Orchestra will be performing their annual Spring Concert on May 6, and along with the great music, the concert will hold a special meaning for another reason.
It will be Tom Fritz's "farewell to Reedley" act. The conductor will end his 53 years of music in Reedley. "I am sad to leave Reedley and all of the wonderful students and friends," said Fritz. "But the concert is still about honoring one of the greatest men of Reedley, my mentor and friend, Norman Zech."
Fritz was born in Texas but grew up in Illinois. He said he then moved to Reedley in 1966 after his parents, Lloyd and Mary were hired by the then newly formed Kings Canyon Unified School District.
He has a sister, Becky Brown and she still lives in Reedley.
He attended Reedley High School, Reedley College and California State University Fresno before returning to teach with KCUSD alongside Burl Walter for nearly 33 years. Fritz then returned to teach at Reedley College and has been the conductor for the Norman Zech Orchestra for the past twelve years.
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