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17th annual Tyler Brett Memorial Concert set

Free concert kicks off St. Charles summer concert series

ST. CHARLES – The 17th annual Tyler Brett Caruso Memorial Concert will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. May 30 at Lincoln Park, located between Fourth and Fifth Streets in St. Charles, his family stated in a news release.

The concert celebrates the life of Tyler Caruso, a St. Charles East High School student who died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest July 14, 2002, at age 17, a press release states.

The free concert will kick off the St. Charles Park District’s summer concert series.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St., St. Charles. For more information, please call 630-513-6200 or visit the website

Tyler devoted countless hours to the betterment of his high school and community.

One of his dreams has become a reality over the past 17 years, with the help of individuals from the St. Charles Park District and high school representatives on the board of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership.

Tyler was one of the original high school representatives on the DSCP board.

He had the idea to bring the community together for an evening of music and friendship soon after the St. Charles High School split into St. Charles East and St. Charles North High Schools.

A musician himself, Tyler Caruso had the idea to bring the community together for an evening of music and friendship after St. Charles High School was split into the East and North campuses, the release stated.

Tyler’s death preceded the first of many annual concerts held in his honor, the release stated.

Family and friends will come together to celebrate Tyler’s many accomplishments and the success of his concert over the last 17 years.

“The idea that this is not about St. Charles East or St. Charles North is phenomenal,” St. Charles East High School representative Sean Yetter stated in the release about this year’s concert. “This event is about honoring a former member of our community and thanking the community for keeping his memory alive. It has been such an honor to be able to help put this together.”

Local musicians and vocalists will be showcased at this year’s event, with 2019 Tyler Brett Caruso Memorial Scholarship recipients from both high schools to be introduced on stage.

A total of 51 scholarships have been awarded from Tyler’s fund.

“I have loved putting this event together to honor Tyler,” the St. Charles North High School representative, Heather Tustin, stated in the release. “I believe this concert brings people together for a great cause and allows them to enjoy an amazing night with talented musicians. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Contributions can be made to the Tyler Brett Caruso Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Charles East High School, 1020 Dunham Road, St. Charles, IL 60174.

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