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Samantha & Kirk Puterbaugh

My first day at Cleveland State in 2009 was full of unknowns, as I was very unfamiliar with the campus, and didn’t know anyone!

Little did I know, my future husband would be my stand partner in the CSU Wind Ensemble.

I sat next to him, and he basically ignored me for the rest of the class!

Throughout that first year, we talked occasionally and enjoyed spending time with friends at our favorite place, Becky’s Bar. Flash forward to the end of the spring semester, we found ourselves talking to each other more, even though I couldn’t stand him most of the time!

My final words to Kirk at the end of our May commencement ceremony performance were “I can’t wait to not see you the rest of the summer!”

So much for that.

Two weeks later, we met for lunch. After a few more meetings (we never called them dates), we really clicked and our journey together began on July 3, 2010.

We spent our final years at CSU together performing in wind ensemble, clarinet choir, exploring Cleveland, and supporting each other through our final steps towards graduation.

Kirk proposed in 2012 at our spot in Chagrin Falls where we started dating, and two years later we tied the knot on June 14, 2014. We are happily living in Lyndhurst with our 5 (yes, 5!) cats.

Kirk is a PE electrical engineer, and I am an elementary music teacher in my home town.

We are so thankful that CSU brought us together through a path that we both love; music.

– Samantha