since grammar school. Since , he’s played with 3ort St.
Lucie Community Band. Woodwind specialist Diane Battista
is a former music teacher who plays with a summer concert
band at home in Utica, New York. Six years ago, Cynthia
+umphrey, a former &3$ office manager, went online to find
local music groups and found the band. She also takes part
in a Connecticut band, playing clarinet during summers.
“<ou need to talk to $ndre!” she says. “+e comes from the
Andre Bernier hails from Sherbrooke, Quebec, and met his
wife of 42 years through music; she is a pianist. The retired
electronics teacher plays tenor and alto sax, not only with
the &ommunity %and but also with one of its offshoots, the
Ambassadors of Swing, and another group in Vero.
Okeechobee High School junior Makaya Whitehead is 16
and has been playing the trumpet since seventh grade. Driving
45 minutes each way, she brought schoolmates Derrick
Chen and Ethan Adabo. Talented musicians, they wanted
something more challenging; being part of the Port St. Lucie
Community Band is like taking a college music course.
Flutist David Mook lives in Fort Pierce. A former oceanographer
and geologist, Mook taught at %arry 8niversity. “I
started playing in grade school and later took a hiatus because
of work.” EnMoying retirement and travels, he is a long
time member of the band. “I’ve been with the band since the
earth cooled,” he Mokes.
Supported by grants and ticket sales, the band is a nonprofit
organiation donations are taxdeductible. 7here are
about members of the band others come and go. “It’s like >>
PORT ST. LUCIE COMMUNITY BAND
An alumnus of Florida State University, Southall conducts the band as well
as teaching at Indian River State College. He brings expertise, education
and humor to the band experience.
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