Owen Yingling, singer, and Herb Sell, pianist, rehearsing for Littlestown"s Valentine Swing Dance Feb. 11.

Owen Yingling, singer, and Herb Sell, pianist, rehearsing for Littlestown"s Valentine Swing Dance Feb. 11.

The Thunderbolt Foundation fundraiser will feature a full buffet dinner provided by Savoy Catering, a silent auction, and Swing Dance lessons from instructor Mike Santos.   Tickets are $35 per person including dinner and dance; dance only tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID.  Information and tickets to the Valentine Swing Dance are available at the Thunderbolt Foundation’s website:  www.thunderboltfoundation.weebly.com and at the Littlestown Area School District Office at the back of Alloway Creek Elementary School. CONTACT:  Bev Lang, Thunderbolt Foundation, 717-359-4146 x1250

Littlestown -- One is 87, displays a huge framed picture of Duke Ellington kissing him, and has been playing cool and warm jazz standards for almost everybody in Adams County since the 1940s.  The other is 18, a high school singer, a vocal veteran already, but with a lifetime of music ahead of him.  Herb “Daddy” Sell and Owen Yingling will come together to entertain the crowd at the Valentine Swing Dance Feb. 11 at the Littlestown Eagles’ banquet room.

Herb Sell started playing piano in concert and on the radio as a teenager, and he went on to play piano at college in Shippensburg, in the Air Force Orchestra, and then, after studying music at then-Western Maryland College and serving as chorus teacher at Westminster High School for 35 years. He’s also been music director at

Redeemer’s U.C.C.  for 47 years and was director of the Carroll County Choral Society for 35 years.  He said he discovered the joys of jazz and “boogie-woogie” as a kid, and was proud to host Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Hermann, and countless other jazz and pop music greats when they performed or led bands at WHS.  He can be heard at Olivia’s Mediterranean Restaurant some dinner times.

Anyone who’s been to a Boys’ Basketball home game at Littlestown this season has heard Owen Yingling – he’s the kid who sings the national anthem in the big gym without a microphone.  He doesn’t need one.  He’s been singing in public since he was the title character in Amahl and the Night Visitors as a boy soprano.  A product of the Littlestown music programs – Bev Wolf and Nick Oaster – and a longtime student of Dr. Brent Talbot of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.  He has had leading roles in many Littlestown school productions and says he looks forward to college studies and toward a career in vocal performance.