Written by Andrew Frank Teravella Jr., 39 years old
Moved from Bellevue to Ambridge in 1994
I grew up in Bellevue and for the most part, it was a great place to grow up. There was so much to do…movie theater, Luigi’s, Bayne park, the YMCA. I loved being a kid in Bellevue, however I was into other things that unfortunately Bellevue didn’t offer. Such as a focus on music. The high school band only took me so far, and I so badly wanted to play in band but they wouldn’t allow drummers to play until 6th grade. By then, I had been playing for 4 years, so it was a huge disappointment to me. By the time 6th grade came, I was asked to play drums and I declined. However, marching band seemed to be something I liked, so I played in Marching Band throughout high school. I worked in bars outside of Bellevue while still in high school. I had to, because not only was there nowhere for me to play, but I wasn’t really encouraged to further that kind of career. I moved away around 1994, as there was really nothing to keep me here as far as my musical career, and really no where for me to work. I ended up moving to Ambridge where almost immediately I found work as a karaoke DJ. I had around 3 shows a week. The town of Ambridge was thriving at the time, and still is to this day. Ambridge reminded me of what Bellevue could have been, had it not been a dry town. I had lived in several towns in Beaver county and all provided me with a lot of work in the entertainment field. I still travel there for work, as there is still a lot of opportunity. A great thing that happened to Bellevue while I was gone are the coffee shops and new restaurants that have live music. I think that’s a great direction. There is a lot of great talent still in Bellevue, i just hope that Bellevue sees that and nurtures it.