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ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Steve Marr

Steve began his musical career as a Clarinetist in the U.S. Army Band in 1971. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Masters Degree in Music from Southern Illinois University, where he performed in and conducted a variety of Orchestral and Symphonic ensembles. Mr. Marr has taught and directed for twelve years including serving as Adjunct Professor at both Kaskaskia College and Southwestern Illinois College since 2009. [read more]


Bill McNeiland

Bill McNeiland

Bill has been active in nearly every area of musical life in north Florida.  He has served as president of the Delius Association and the Florida Orchestra Association.  He has been much in demand as clinician and adjudicator at district and state music festivals.  He has conducted youth orchestras and all-state orchestras in Alabama and Florida, and for six years was resident conductor at the Sewanee Summer Music Center in Tennessee. [read more]


Jim Bradner

Geoffrey S. Magnani

Geoff and his wife Cindy moved to Saint Augustine, Florida two years ago, and he started the Saint Augustine Community Band in September of 2015.  He is an active member of Music Educator's National Conference and has served as the New York State School Music Association's All-State Band Chairman and continues to serve as an All-State Percussion and band, jazz ensemble and orchestra adjudicator in New York.  He is now a member of the Florida Band Masters Association and judge for bands, jazz ensembles and solos.  [read more]


 

Ernie Crews

Ernie has been an active musician for the last 31 years, serving as a percussionist in the U.S.
Navy Band, as a percussion instructor at Naropa University in Bolder, Colorado, and currently performing in the St. Augustine Orchestra, St. Augustine Community Band, and various jazz ensembles in the St. Augustine area.

Ernie is a graduate of St. Augustine High School, Jacksonville University and The University of the State of New York. He has an abiding passion for youth, music education and volunteers his time and expertise for the benefit of high school and middle school students in the St. Johns School system.


 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Jim Bradner

PRESIDENT
James N. (Jim) Bradner

Chairman, Grant Writing

During the past 20 years, Jim has served as a board member for three concert bands and has performed with seven concert bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands, two clarinet ensembles, and a woodwind quintet, in central and northeast Florida. Currently, he is active as a musician in the St. Augustine Orchestra, St. Augustine Community Band, and the Old City Clarinets ensemble. [read more]


Beth Joiner

VICE PRESIDENT
Beth Joiner

I graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After graduating I moved to Atlanta, Ga where I taught 4th grade, then moved to St. Augustine with my husband Ron in 1989. I developed my love of music at an early age being fortunate to have music instruction in K-12 (violin) and attending music festivals each summer in Bayview, Michigan.

Recently retired as assistant Children's Librarian with St. Johns County Library where I helped develop programs and story times. I have been spending my time in retirement re-learning the violin, playing in the Anastasia Baptist Church orchestra and Irish fiddle with a small group each week. I look forward to helping SAYO grow and provide music opportunities to the youth of St. Johns County!


SECRETARY
Steve Marr

Artistic Director

Steve began his musical career as a Clarinetist in the U.S. Army Band in 1971. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Masters Degree in Music from Southern Illinois University, where he performed in and conducted a variety of Orchestral and Symphonic ensembles. Mr. Marr has taught and directed for twelve years including serving as Adjunct Professor at both Kaskaskia College and Southwestern Illinois College since 2009. [read more]


Betsey McCoy

TREASURER
Betsey McCoy

 


Betsey McCoy

BOARD MEMBER
Barbara Day

Barbara began music instruction on the piano at age 5. When she was 13, she stumbled across a violin in an uncle's closet, and taught herself to play.  She played in high school orchestras, Interlocken Summer Institute, and the Kansas City Youth Symphony. She earned a scholarship to the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City at age 17, played in the Conservatory Symphony, and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. At 19, she studied with a professor from the Vienna School of Music while living in Europe for one year. [read more]

ADVISORY BOARD


Phebe Wehr

Phebe has served on a number of corporate Boards in Connecticut and Florida, including a popular Traditional Jazz Festival.  An officer on the SAYO Board of Directors through its founding, Phebe is also active locally with Romanza-St Augustine Inc., the Limelight Theatre, First Coast Opera, and the EMMA Concert Association. [read more]


Cathy Marshall
VIP Solutions Online
Webmaster

Cathy Marshall is the owner of VIP Solutions Online, LLC, a company that develops websites and internet solutions for small business. Until recently Cathy Marshall was a resident of New Jersey, where she had lived for almost three decades and raised her three sons. Cathy was a member of the founding board of directors for SAYO and continues to serve as their webmaster. [read more


Anne Kraft
Communications/Publicity Committee

Anne is a native of St. Augustine, attended Florida State University as a Voice major, and spent 30 years in New York City following her passion for theatre as an actor. After her return to St. Augustine, she co-founded the Limelight Theatre, and currentlyserves as Vice President and Media Coordinator of A Classic Theatre. [read more]  


Mitch Kolesaire
Orchestra Liaison

Mitch Kolesaire is a double bass player and instructor in Ponte Vedra BeachFL. Before moving to the First Coast and joining the Board for the St. Augustine Orchestra, Mitch was a corporate consultant, project manager, and President of Business Development [read more]


Jill Barger, Esq.
Law Offices of Jill S. Barger

 A UF law school graduate and former Underwater Archaeologist, Jill is a sole practitioner of a full service law office where she often counsels folks  who may not otherwise  be able to afford a lawyer .  Married to husband Devon Barger for nearly 40 years, they rescue animals through Pilots n Paws, donating their plane and costs. Their son  is a freshman at Northeastern University, Boston.


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PAYMENTS | Ms. Betesy McCoy, Treasurer
237 Villa Verda Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080

CONTACT | Stephen Marr: 618-960-6478
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SALE of Band Instruments: Email or call Steve Marr (info above).

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