Music Man of Upper Darby's legacy continues

There is an old saying that reminds us that "music is the universal language."

No one had to remind Brad Schoener of that.

Schoener was a beloved music teacher in the Upper Darby School District. He was so deeply entrenched in the school and community music scenes that he picked up the moniker "the Music Man of Upper Darby."

Schoener lost his battle vs. cancer back in 2009.

But his love of music - and the Upper Darby community - continues.

Last weekend more than 5,000 people gathered for the annual festival that now bears his name.

There are more than 70 languages spoken in the Upper Darby School District.

Brad Schoener united all of them with the power of music.

On our editorial page today, we offer a salute to Schoener's legacy, which continues to make sweet music in Upper Darby.