Donald Barron has been a stalwart with the orchestra for years as one of our two oboists. His technical proficiency with the orchestra has helped produced many magical moments.
Michael Raynor is in the viola section of the orchestra. He is 15.
Natalie is part of the flute section. She is 14.
My original instrument was the piano, which I taught for many years. Shortly before retiring in 1985 I decided to take up the violin in order to play in orchestras.
Mr. Palinsky’s story of his return to his instrument is typical of many of the members of the orchestra who came to rediscover the joys of their instrument years after putting it away.
I have been playing violin since I was 10. My mother wanted me to learn piano, but there was no space in our tiny one-room apartment in Russia for a piano or money to buy one. I practiced while standing on the bed most of the time (away from the traffic of the grandparents).
Jim started playing the trumpet due to his grandfather’s musical background and motivation. He played solo parts in city and school bands. Also,he played in IBM’s show band ,Vermont’s Jazz Festival, Palm Beach Symphonic Band, and the American Legion Band.