Allegheny Ukes w/ Altoona Symphony Orchestra
Woodie Guthrie Project
Allegheny Ukes
Jamming with the Allegheny Ukes!

AUK Highlights

The Allegheny Ukes have been around in one form or another since 2010. This timeline highlights some of the best moments of our time on this uke world!
  • Allegheny Ukulele Kollective Founded

    Mar 2010

    Professor Steve Sherrill along with student Colin Coleman created a ukulele strum-a-long at the Slep Center at Penn State Altoona. The club would meet in various places around town without much of a fixed schedule.

    First AUK Jam
  • Thursday Jams @ The Black Dog

    Jan 2013

    We began meeting every other Thursday night at the Black Dog Café in Hollidaysburg.

  • Woodie Guthrie Project

    Apr 2013

    Led by Steve Sherrill, AUK participated in the American Masters Woodie Guthrie project with our own weird flavor. 

    Woodie Guthrie Project
  • Lil' Rev comes to Altoona

    Nov 2013

    Ukulele troubadour Lil' Rev comes to Altoona for a concert at Temple Beth Israel. 

  • Monthly Uke Jam Established

    Jan 2014

    We begin holding a regularly-scheduled uke jam on the second Sunday of the month at Penn State Altoona. 

  • 1st Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

    Feb 2014

    The very first Allegheny Ukulele Soirée was held at Penn State Altoona and featured members of the club leading workshops over a 6 hour period. We had an open mic, a ukulele "petting zoo", and one vendor - Gigbox Music. 

    First Allegheny Ukulele Soirée
  • AUK Logo is Adopted

    Mar 2014

    The awesome Allegheny Ukes Logo is designed by Sean McCauley

    The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective
  • Stuart Fuchs comes to Altoona

    Apr 2014

    Stuart Fuchs stopped in Altoona to give a workshop and concert

    Stuart Fuchs in Altoona
  • 4th Sunday Jams at HAPL

    Jun 2014

    4th Sunday Jams begin at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library

    Club picture at Hollidaysburg Area Public Library
  • DAtS comes to Altoona

    Jun 2014

    Danielle Ate the Sandwich (aka Danielle Anderson) comes to Altoona during her summer tour & performs at Allegheny Creamery & Crepes

    Danielle Ate the Sandwich's first time in Altoona
  • Craig & Sarah come to Altoona

    Sep 2014

    Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, & Colin Coleman come to Altoona on their east coast tour to give a workshop and concert at Penn State Altoona.

    Craig & Sarah
  • New Chief Ukulele Evangelist

    Nov 2014

    After several years of running the Allegheny Ukes, Steve decided to step back from club activities so that he could focus on writing. To keep the club momentum going, Mike Holzer stepped into the lead organizer role, loving called the "Chief Ukulele Evangelist".

  • 2nd Annual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

    Mar 2015

    We held our 2nd Soirée with Victoria Vox, Stu Fuchs, and Colin Coleman as our guest artists

    2nd Annual Soirée Artists
  • Ohana supports Lending Library Program

    Apr 2015

    Ohana Music commits 20 soprano ukuleles to AUK's fledgling program to put ukuleles in local libraries.

    Ohana Ukuleles
  • 2nd Sunday Jam @ Catalyst Space

    Apr 2015

    Our 2nd Sunday Jam gets it's first permanent home at Catalyst Space in the former Gables Building in Downtown Altoona.

    Catalyst Space Jam
  • Happy Valley Jam is Established

    Jun 2015

    A group that had previously been traveling to Altoona started up a jam on 1st and 3rd Sundays in the State College, PA area

  • AUK plays with ASO

    Aug 2015

    The Allegheny Ukes performed with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra at Canal Basin Park

    Allegheny Ukes w/ Altoona Symphony Orchestra
  • Jim D'Ville comes to Altoona

    Oct 2015

    Jim D'Ville stopped in Altoona to give a concert and workshop about learning to play by ear

    Jim D'Ville Workshop & Concert
  • Cool Hand Uke comes to Hollidaysburg

    Oct 2015

    Dan Scanlan aka "Cool Hand Uke" gave a performance at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library.

    "Cool Hand Uke" Dan Scanlan
  • Library Lending Program Kicks Off

    Oct 2015

    The Allegheny Ukes teamed up with local and regional libraries to provide an opportunity to bring music home! Libraries were given ukulele kits to be added to each library's collection. Each library in the program had at least one librarian trained on the basics of the ukulele.

  • Busking for UOGB

    Oct 2015

    AUK and PSUkulele teamed up to busk prior to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain concert at Eisenhower Auditorium at University Park, PA. 

    Allegheny Ukes @ Eisenhower Auditorium
  • First Night State College

    Dec 2015

    We held our first First Night State College concert and workshop to resounding praise!

    First Night State College
  • Library Program Expands

    Feb 2016

    The Ukulele Library program expands into Centre, Bedford, & Huntingdon County Libraries

  • 3rd Annual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

    Apr 2016

    We held our 3rd Soirée with Gerald Ross, Paul Hemmings, Skye Zentz, Rachel Manke, and Mim at the Laurel Lodge, just outside of Altoona. Our first multi-day event!

    Rachel Manke, Gerald Ross, & Paul Hemmings
  • Library Program Expands

    Mar 2017

    The Ukulele Library program expands into Cambria County, donating ukes to nine libraries

  • 4th Annual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

    Apr 2017

    We held our 4rd Soirée with Lil' Rev, Stu Fuchs, Gracie Terzian, Rachel Manke, Ben Carr, and Mim at the Laurel Lodge, just outside of Altoona.

    Lil' Rev, Stuart Fuchs, Rachel Manke, Ben Carr, Mim, Gracie Terzian, Rotem Sivan
  • 2nd Sunday Jams move to Greenbean

    Apr 2018

    2nd Sunday Uke Jams moved to the Greenbean Coffee House on 6th Avenue

    2nd Sunday Jams @ the Greenbean
  • 5th Annual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

    Apr 2018

    We held our 5th Soirée with Sarah Maisel, Craig Chee, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Jim D'ville and Mim at the Laurel Lodge, just outside of Altoona. Our first sold-out festival!

    2018 Headliners
  • Library Program Expands

    Jun 2018

    The Ukulele Library program expands into Fulton & Lehigh County Libraries (Fulton County & Coplay Public)

  • AUK becomes a 501(c)(3)

    Jul 2018

    AUK officially becomes a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

  • Cordoba Cares Donation

    Sep 2018

    We received a donation of 20 Cordoba concert ukes as a recipient of the Cordoba Cares program!

  • Ben Carr comes to Altoona

    Feb 2019

    Ben Carr stopped in Altoona to give a workshop & concert at the Launchbox in Downtown Altoona 

    Ben Carr
  • 6th Annual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

    May 2019

    We held our 6th Soirée with Sarah Maisel, Craig Chee, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, The Quiet American, Christopher Davis-Shannon, Abe Deshotel, Mim, Amber Rozel, & Milo Fultz at the Altoona Grand.

    The 2019 Headliners
  • Ukulele Russ comes to Altoona

    Oct 2019

    Ukulele Russ stopped in Altoona to give a workshop & concert at the Hollidaysbug Area Public Library

    Ukulele Russ
  • Johnstown Uke Jam Established

    Nov 2019

    A new uke jam in Johnstown was established for 1st Thursdays at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County

  • Ukes at AAJHS

    Dec 2019

    The Allegheny Ukes, in cooperation with Ohana Music, worked with the Altoona Area School District to add ukuleles to the junior high music curriculum

  • All Jams are Cancelled Indefinitely

    Mar 2020

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person jams were cancelled indefinitely.

  • Soirée Cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic

    Apr 2020

    The 2020 Allegheny Ukulele Soirée was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic after PA Governor Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency. The festival was to feature Aldrine Guerrero, Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Ward, Neal Chin, The Naked Waiters, and more. 

  • Virtual Uke Jams Begin

    Oct 2020

    We began holding monthly virtual jam sessions via Zoom

  • AASD Elementary Uke Pilot Program

    Jan 2021

    A pilot program was started at McAuliffe Heights @ Irving Elementary School for 4th graders by Scott Pappal

  • AUK moves to ArtsAltoona Center

    Apr 2021

    We moved out of "Chief Ukulele Evangelist" Mike's basement and into our permanent home at the ArtsAltoona Center!

    ArtsAltoona Center
  • 8th Annual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

    May 2021

    We held our 8th Soirée virtually with Aldrine Guerrero, Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Ward, Neal Chin, The Birdwatchers, Melissa Nannen, Mim, & Amber Rozel.

  • In-person 2nd Sunday Jams Resume

    Jun 2021

    In-person 2nd Sunday jams resumed at the ArtsAltoona Center on their Mural Green outdoor space to allow for social distancing. 

  • 1st & 3rd Sunday Jams Resume

    Aug 2021

    In-person 1st & 3rd Sunday jams resumed in the State College area.

    State College Uke Jam
  • 9th Annual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

    Apr 2022

    We held our 9th Soirée at the Altoona Grand featuring Del Rey, Gerald Ross, Katy Vernon, & Donna Frost.

    9th annual soiree performing guests
  • Arc of Altoona Uke Club

    May 2022

    The Arc of Altoona Ukulele Club is small but mighty! Led by Miss Melanie, they play and sing together every other Tuesday, and we rejoice in finding songs that give maximum fun while using the fewest chords. In collaboration with the Arc of Blair County, Melanie Ramsey works with this incredible group of people to bring joy and enrichment into everyone's lives!

    Arc of Blair County Ukulele Club
  • AASD Expands Ukulele Curriculum

    Jan 2023

    The Altoona Area School District expands the elementary ukulele curriculum across the district (8 total schools) for all 4th and 5th graders.

    Elementary School Uke as part of music curriculum
  • 10th Annual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

    Apr 2023

    We celebrated our first decade of the Allegheny Ukulele Soirée with Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Steven Espaniola, Jim Beloff, & Mika Kane

    2023 Soirée Artists
  • NBCSD Adds Ukes

    Oct 2023

    The Northern Bedford County School District, led by Brett Keith, add ukuleles to their music curriculum through coordination with the Allegheny Ukes and Ohana Music. 

  • "Ukulele Time!" Jam at A Quaint Corner

    Mar 2024

    In collaboration with A Quaint Corner Children's Museum, we began a 3rd Monday program for kids ages 7+ and their parents. 

  • 4th Sunday Jams at Greenbean

    Mar 2024

    We began meeting again on 4th Sundays at the Greenbean Coffeehouse in Altoona. 

  • 11th Annual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

    Apr 2024

    Our 11th Soirée featured The Ukulele Teacher, Neal Chin, Chrissy, & Rachel Manke. Additional guest artists were Mim, Amber Rozel, Curt Sheller, Ray Cygrymus, Melissa Nannen, and Debi Velasco.