Blackwood Performing Arts Center – Harrisville, PA - 3/20 Wurlitzer - Dave Wickerham

Unconventional 2021 Event

Blackwood Performing Arts Center – Harrisville, PA - 3/20 Wurlitzer - Dave Wickerham

10 July 2021 - 8:00pm


The 3/20 Wurlitzer plays a major role in Blackwood Arts and the greater community. To date, the organization as raised over $400,000 for Make-A-Wish, granting the wishes of about 100 children in the area. They have also raised over $350,000 for scholarships for high school seniors wishing to pursue a career in music performance or education. Over $24,000 was raised for musical band instruments and electronic tablets for tutoring young grade school students at the local elementary school. All this, and more, was accomplished using the theatre pipe organ!

Dave Wickerham was born in Encino, California in 1962. He began playing the electronic organ at the age of four and had his first pipe organ experience at age ten. His musical education started at age seven. When he moved to Arizona in 1976, he became Associate Organist at the famous Organ Stop Pizza Restaurants in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson. While in Arizona, he continued his musical studies with Roseamond Crowley, one of the few remaining descendants of the Louis Vierne line of organists. He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson on a full scholarship, pursuing classical organ studies for six years with Dr. Roy Johnson.
In 1984, Dave moved to the Chicago area to become Staff Organist at Pipes and Pizza in Lansing, Illinois. In addition to his performance there, he concertized frequently, as well as ministering musically and serving at various churches. August of 1990 found the Wickerham family – Dave, his wife and two young children - moving to Wisconsin, where he was one of the featured Staff Organists at the Piper Music Palace in Greenfield, a position he held for 10 years.
In the spring of 2000, Dave ushered in the new millennium with a limited special engagement, as a featured organist at "Roxy's Pipe Organ Pizzeria," part of a $26,000,000 expansion phase at the FIESTA Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Returning back home to Wisconsin in August of 2001… for the next three years, Dave resumed his position at the Piper Music Palace and was also the Principal Organist at Williams Bay Lutheran Church in Lake Geneva, WI.
He enjoys concertizing frequently to many audiences including various chapters of the American Theatre Organ Society. In April of 1999, he took great pleasure being a feature artist in Melbourne, Australia for the convention of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia for which he received rave reviews. He returned “Down Under” for a six-week concert tour in Australia and New Zealand during the summer of 2003 and 2012, as well as October/November of 2015.
Dave also enjoys recording and has recently “sold out” his fourth CD “Sounds of Music” recorded on the famous 5 Manual, 80 Rank Theatre Organ at the Sanfilippo Residence in Barrington, IL. There are several NEW recording projects that are soon to be completed and released.
3/20 Console Specs

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Bonus Video(s)
Interview with Dave and Ben -- Learn about the Blackwood Performing Arts Center


Blackwood Arts 3/20 Wurlitzer


Blackwood Arts Center


Dave Wickerham