About Me
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Born in Emporium PA, I spent the first 26 years of my life there working in the Powdered Metal Industry.  In 1984, I moved to Clearfield PA and worked for an electronics company for the next 18 years.  In 1992 I met Mary Ann, and by 1993 we were happily married (and we're still happy).  In 2002, FCI Electronics closed the doors of their Clearfield facility.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to return to college as an adult, and by 2004 I had completed two associate degree programs at Penn State (Mechanical Engineering and Information Science).  School was over and it was time to go back to work.  I went back to work in the Powdered Metal industry for a short period of time at GKN Sinter Metals in Saint Marys PA before accepting my current position at Penn State University in the Applied Research Laboratory.

I've had many hobbies throughout my life: guns, photography (in the days when film was used), and making beer to name a few.  Most recently, I've started to sing.  I don't think I've ever done anything that's brought me so much joy.  Specifically, I enjoy four part harmony in the Barbershop style - I can't get enough of those minor chords.  Since 2006, I've been singing with the Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus in State College PA (members of the Barbershop Harmony Society).  For the past couple years I've started to sing with the quartet Wild Pitch, and most recently with an octet called The Knights and Gals.  The Knights 'n Gals are comprised of two quartets: Wild Pitch and Q'nigue.  Q’nique is a Sweet Adelines International Barbershop Quartet from Altoona PA.

Wild Pitch at the 2010 Pennsylvania Jazz Festival in Bellefonte, PA

Wild pitch

From left to right: Mark Ciletti (tenor) Brian Humm (lead) Joe Bitner (bass) Bill Drosnes (baritone)