The UPPER Case Letters of the Alphabone Orchestra (Online Event)

John Gerdy

June 12 - 30th, 2020

In his most recent book, The Alphabone Orchestra: A Magically Musical Journey Through the Alphabet, Dr. John Gerdy delved into the world of children’s literature and is the basis for this exhibit. In 2018, John began taking painting lessons from Lancaster artist, Loryn Spangler-Jones. These lessons lead to the creation of a series of radiant, kaleidoscopic illustrations depicting each of the 26 UPPER case letters of the alphabet (plus the question mark and the exclamation point) as a musical, horn-like instrument. Each letter is “presented” and “played” by the zany, triangle headed, Dr. Dude B. Fonky, a “World Famous Musicologist”. These paintings are whimsical, fun, fonky and brilliantly colored and will capture the imagination of children of all ages.

Paintings are all 11” x 14” acrylic on canvas and are for sale in our online store.

Profits from the sale of these pieces will be donated to the Lancaster County Community Foundation/ United Way of Lancaster County, PA “Lancaster Cares Covid-19 Fund.

And as a “Thank You” to all who purchase a painting, a signed copy of John’s book “AlphaBone Orchestra”, will be included as a gift.

About the Artist

Dr. John R. Gerdy serves as founder and executive director of Music For Everyone (, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating the power of music as an educational and community building tool in Lancaster County. Since 2006, MFE has invested over $2.1 million in school and community arts organizations and initiatives to enhance music programs in the county. Gerdy served as Associate Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference from 1989-1995 and as a Legislative Assistant at the NCAA from 1986-1989. He earned a Masters in Sports Administration and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Ohio University. A 1979 graduate of Davidson College, he received All-American honors in basketball.

A lifelong musician, he has served as an “artist in residence” teaching the Blues to first through sixth graders, conducted summer camps and performs in public regularly under the stage name of Willie Marble. He is also author of several books on the role and impact of sports and music in our schools and society. His most recent, The AlphaBone Orchestra: A Magically, Musical Journey Through the Alphabet, is a children’s book that he wrote and illustrated.

John is the father of two children and lives in Lancaster, PA.