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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Piano Road Band Concert and Award Ceremony at Graceville Civic Center

If you like Jazz music of the finest sort, or just like to hear good music in general, then you will want to come to the Graceville Civic Center on Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 for a special, free concert. Jackson County, and the Graceville community is fortunate to have one of the best clarinet and saxophone players in the world retire to live in this area. His name is Bob Snyder, and he is great!

Of course a man with his skills couldn’t just “retire”, so Bob has actively been teaching his skills to interested budding musicians around the area. He has taught for several area high school bands, teaches actively at the Baptist College in Graceville, and has a special, select group that he teaches to play jazz every Thursday evening at his residence on Piano Road, near Graceville. They have developed into a talented group.

This “Piano Road Band” will present a community concert on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 7 P.M. at the Graceville Civic Center. The 30 piece band is composed of trained musicians in the Graceville area and are a pleasure to listen to. The band is led by talented Bob Snyder and includes musicians from Graceville, Bonifay, and Marianna. Graceville High School and college students are an integral part of this music machine.

There is no charge for the concert and over 100 people are expected to attend. This is good old fashioned family entertainment and a gift to the community from the Piano Road Band and its dedicated members. This community concert also gives the Graceville Arts League the opportunity to make a very important presentation. The Graceville Arts League will be presenting Bob Snyder the second annual John Lynn Bartlow Music Award. The Ivey Brothers of Graceville were the first recipients of this award in 2009, and Bob Snyder will be the 2010 recipient.

Bob Snyder has had a wealth of music experience and has played with all the great big bands of the era. He and his wife Janet are now committing much of their time to entertaining and mentoring college and high school music students. The Piano Road Quartet are showcases of adult and teenage musical talent that has Graceville pride, volunteerism, and community service written all over it. Don’t miss this event.

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