Publisher's Note: Thanks
By Jody Reese
On Saturday, a group of family members and friends assembled at the Manchester Community Music School in the city’s North End. They gathered to celebrate the dedication of a pair of bronze busts of the school’s founders, May and Sam Gruber.
The busts, created by sculptor Sumner Weinbaum, were commissioned by Mrs. Gruber some years ago as a tribute to her late husband, Sam. With May present, they were installed on the school’s second floor outside the entrance to the school’s largest room, which is now known as the “Sam and May Gruber Recital Hall.”
May Gruber is well known is this area due to her family’s longtime stewardship of the Pandora knitwear firm, which at one time was Manchester’s largest employer, and its continued interest in real estate.
But she and her family have also been great friends to the area’s cultural life. And among the most impressive achievements of Sam and May was the founding of the Manchester Community Music School, which they started in their home in 1983 with a handful of pupils.
Today, the school enrolls more than 1,000 students and employs dozens of instructors.
And though the Grubers didn’t do it for the publicity, it’s great to see Sam and May given some recognition for their role in making southern New Hampshire a great place to live.