Music teacher Ray Eicher will play at the Be-In festival Sunday at Kiwanis Lake.
Music teacher Ray Eicher will play at the Be-In festival Sunday at Kiwanis Lake. (Submitted photo)

Ray Eicher teaches music to the generations.

Eicher has taught guitar and other stringed instruments for more than 38 years out of a studio at Campbell's Music Service.

Sometimes that has included teaching the children and grandchildren of original students.

This Sunday Eicher will see the blend of generations in a different way: The musician will put teaching aside to play in a music festival called the Be-In, a revival of the festivals that took place around York County in the 1960s and 1970s.

Eicher will play guitar in a band called Noahzarke & Co., a conglomeration of musicians from the original Noahzarke in the 1960s and members of the Ray Duerr Band from the 1970s.

Eicher played in both bands and plans to play classic songs from the era of the original Be-Ins: Songs by The Eagles and The Flying Burrito Brothers are on the set list.

Other acts throughout the day will play original music, too. John Terlazzo, the main organizer of the event, said six bands will play at the Be-In, scheduled from noon until around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Kiwanis Lake. Terlazzo said the genres will vary but include folk, blues, jazz and rock influences.

Terlazzo said the set-up of this Be-In is similar to the events of decades past: The concert is free, and the people who perform and watch are there for the love of music.

Terlazzo said the bond between generations will be evident throughout the day. One of the bands performing, Los Playboys Que Juegan, will feature two band members in their 50s, and two members in their teenage years.

"There's no competition," Terlazzo said. "There's nobody trying to make a million bucks. There (are) human beings trying to figure out what it means to be human."

Love of music: Eicher, the music teacher, said music has always been an integral part of his life. He played before he performed at the Be-Ins, and was lucky enough to earn a living from it.

"It's just what I've always done," Eicher said. "I've never thought about doing anything else."

Eicher said his approach to teaching music carries over from his first love of playing it himself.

"I teach people, I don't teach the instruments," Eicher said.

Like Eicher, Terlazzo said he played in the original Be-Ins, and will perform with his band, Voices in the Hall, at the event Sunday.

Terlazzo said the event is sponsored by the Avenues Neighborhood Association, a group that oversees the neighborhood where Terlazzo lives.

The association was hoping to see the park at Kiwanis Lake used more often, and thought Terlazzo's idea of bringing back the Be-Ins was a good way to do that.

Terlazzo expects to see a good turnout for the event, and said he hopes to plan more Be-Ins if there is a good reception.

Just as Eicher teaches to the personal styles of each student, Terlazzo said he hopes the Be-In will be an avenue for creativity.

"I don't want a pat on the back," Terlazzo said. "I want to ignite other people to want to create, to want to write."

Nikelle Snader can also be reached at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.