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Former YSU professor donates hand-made guitars

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It's finals week at Youngstown State and for a few students in the Dana School of Music their time at the university ended on a very special note.

For years three graduating seniors have worked to fine tune their skills. As showcased during a senior recital, music now seems to effortlessly stream from their hearts to their hands. Some would call it the gift of music. But, the real gift of music was yet to come.

Just like he has in years past, Professor Emeritus Dr. Pietro Pascale donated to an outstanding senior graduate a concert-level guitar that was hand-made by his brother.

"I think some of them in the past couldn't afford really a concert level guitar which is $4,200- 4,500," said Pascale.

This year though, it's the Dana School of Music's 150th anniversary. So instead of gifting just one guitar, the brothers donated one to each of the three graduating seniors.

"Guitars sort of have histories. I know a lot of the great performers talk about the histories they have with a guitar and it's cool that I sort of have a little bit of history with this one right now," said Senior Shaun McCune.

"We're thrilled to give it to them because we've always had a passion, my brother and I have always had a passion for guitars," said Pascale.

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