I joined the Southern Winds in 2018 after moving to Woodstock from Ohio. Membership in the concert band has given me the opportunity to not only play and maintain clarinet skills, but also to meet wonderful people.

Like many, I began studying the clarinet in fifth grade, participated in band, and studied privately with the band director who was a professional clarinetist. Mr. “B” inspired a love of music and of the clarinet that has remained with me throughout my life.

I then graduated from Kent State University in Ohio, worked in bank advertising, married, and then began raising my daughter and son.

Still, the clarinet “called to me” and I began studying music theory, music history, and especially clarinet performance at the University of Akron in Ohio. With the encouragement of several professors, I completed the Master of Music degree.

After graduate school, I taught clarinet privately and also began a career as insurance underwriter for an insurance company from which I later retired.

Following retirement, I taught clarinet and saxophone for a music studio until we moved to Georgia. I have played in several musical groups including concert bands, an orchestra, and chamber groups in both Ohio and Georgia.