GENEVA – Since 1976, Geneva resident Richard Peck has worked behind the scenes to ensure that Swedish Days and other community events have the proper sound systems.
Peck will be in the spotlight at this month's Swedish Days as he has been named Swedish Days parade marshal. The parade will step off at 1 p.m. June 22 and is the culmination of this year's Swedish Days, set to begin on June 17.
Peck, who owns R/J Recording and Sound in Geneva, said he has humbly accepted the honor.
"I was very surprised when I found out," Peck said. "I never thought I would be asked. I still feel there are other people more worthy of this."
In 1976, Peck recorded the Geneva High School Jazz Band during a concert at Central Stage on South Third Street during Swedish Days. He continues to provide the sound systems for the festival and other events throughout the year in Geneva, such as Festival of the Vine, the Christmas Walk and Geneva High School's graduation ceremonies.
"I was never looking for any recognition for what I do," Peck said.
He has provided sound for "Geneva's Got Talent" contest held during Swedish Days for the past three years.
"I feel the young entertainers should have the same quality sound and attention expected by the major performing artists," Peck said.
Laura Rush, communications coordinator for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce which puts on Swedish Days, said the chamber very much appreciates Peck's efforts.
"He knows what to set up," Rush said. "It's flawless. It's one less thing we have to worry about. He really cares about the festivals and cares about Geneva."