DILLONVALE - For Lynn Yanda and her daughter Roz Zifzal, musical talent is an inherited trait. The singing duo from Dillonvale are the daughter and granddaughter of the late Joe Nedved, a Colerain native who played saxophone with a number of polka bands in the Ohio Valley area. Nedved began playing saxophone at age 14 and continued up to age 75.
"I got the music from him and Roz got it from me," said Yanda.
In the 1990s, Yanda and Zifzal exercised their singing pipes at local churches. After Nedved passed away, they let their musical exploits fall by the wayside. However, in 2007, mother and daughter picked up singing again as Roz and Lynn.
DILLONVALE SINGERS Lynn Yanda (left) and Roz Zifzal will next be seen performing at the Jefferson County Fair on August 17.
"Roz had dressed as Marilyn Monroe for a parade, and she asked me to sing some oldies with her," Yanda explained. They started booking events singing classic hits from the 1950s and 60s, but have since branched out to include music from other decades.
"People told us we'd sound great as the Andrews Sisters, so we went back to the 40s," said Yanda. "Then my son said we should do 70s. It's turned into a variety show."
Yanda's son (and Zifzal's brother), Ron, is a promotional assistant for Roz and Lynn's act. He built their website, rozandlynn.com, and goes with them when they travel long distances to help with driving and equipment.
"He's a big help to us," Yanda offered.
Roz and Lynn have performed at a wide variety of venues, including festivals, fairs, parties, concert series, restaurants, retirement communities and others. They've made an impact performing at many local fundraisers, entertaining crowds and keeping spirits up.
Their set list offers hits from a variety of genres, including rock 'n' roll, doo wop, love songs, classic country, patriotic fare and even a few polkas.
Recently, they performed at Autumn Healthcare of Adena's Jamboree bash, singing country music to entertain the rehabilitation facility's residents in the spirit of Jamboree in the Hills.
Roz and Lynn's next performance will be at the Jefferson County Fair in Smithfield. They will be singing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 17.
Yanda said she and her daughter plan to keep up their act as long as possible.
"We love it. It's a big part of our lives. We love doing it for people and entertaining them. Music is one thing everyone can relate to, and to let them share that hour with us is wonderful."
To contact Roz and Lynn, call (740) 827-6949 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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