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BY: Metro Source Staff | November 15, 2012

SOUTH BUFFALO - Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School hosted its second annual Musical Reunion where two Timon alumni were honored for their contributions to the arts.

Tony Buttino and Bob Maggio were joined by Timon and Mount Mercy alumni in celebrating the history of musical productions held at Timon.

A special Service Recognition Award was given to Mary Lombardo for her years of service with the Center for Media and the arts.

A 1955 Timon graduate, Buttino attended Ithaca College and received his Bachelor of Science degree in radio-tv in 1959.

He began work at WNED-Buffalo, a public television station, which went on air in 1959, serving as a cameraman, studio supervisor, director, producer and production manager. An opportunity arose for Buttino to direct the education service for the station, where he worked with 108 school districts served by WNED. He also led other projects in the Northeast for PBS on the national level.

Buttino served on a number of advisory committees including one that promotes adults literacy and allows people to earn their GED via television, a venture that continues to be promoted by his family’s Buttino Bunch Media Company.

As Vice President for Educational Services and Human Resources, Buttino produced television programs designed to motivate children to read.

In 1981, the station was awarded a grant to produce a pilot for national use on PBS. He designed the television format and Reading Rainbow was born, starring LeVar Burton. It was an immediate hit and continued to air for 26 years.

He also received five daytime Emmy Awards as co-executive producer of the Outstanding Children’s Series.

Maggio graduated from Timon in 1973, continuing on to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University at Buffalo and an MBA at St. Bonaventure University.

His music career began in 1969 with his first live performance at the tender age of 13 and flourished from there as he developed his skills as a professional musician, vocalist and composer.

Over the past 43 years, Maggio has performed with some of Buffalo’s top groups, including Sheffield, Actor, Fat Brat, Sudden Impact, and currently NY2LA.

Two of his groups have been named “Best New Group” at the Buffalo Music Awards in 1986 and 1992 and he has received nominations in best vocal group, best rock group, and best rock singer categories.

Maggio has a long list of professional associations with top performers, opening shows for Eddie Money, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Rick Springfield, The Jeff Healy Band, Sammy Hagar, Montrose and more.

Today, Maggio continues to perform with NY2LA as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and keyboard players and is active as a composer and director for the Timon theatre program.

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