Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Community, School Bands to Play Together

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Community, School Bands to Play Together

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Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg

The Jacksonville Community Band, directed by Al Davis, came to Southside Middle School Tuesday night to play a joint concert with Southside Middle School's "Band of Gold," directed by Jerry Carter.

The two bands played several popular pieces together, including America the Beautiful and tunes from The Sound of Music, as well as performing separately.

"It's a real kick to play this kind of concert because we get to interact with the next generation of musicians," said french horn player Paul Holloway of the Jacksonville Community Band.

Both generations were well-represented Tuesday night. Southsider Virginia Kosar of the Jacksonville Community Band, played alto saxophone, while her sons James and Ian, members of the Southside Middle School band, played euphonium and trombone, respectively.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase what middle school bands contribute to the overall school atmosphere," said Lindsay Kosar as he applauded loudly for his musical family.

Kosar noted that the Band of Gold has won numerous awards over the 17 years Carter has been at Southside Middle School.

"I just wish the School Board understood how important music is in the lives of kids," he said.

As to the all-volunteer Jacksonville Community Band, with about 40 members of varying ages and abilities, Davis announced, "Anyone who's been thinking of dragging that old trumpet out and playing again is invited to join us."

For information on joining the Jacksonville Community Band, call Davis at 545-0869.


Southsider Lolo Eldridge is a "Paintographer." Combining photography with oil painting, Eldridge transforms photographs into works of art that become family mementos.

Several years ago, for instance, Eldridge was contacted by a grieving mother in St. Augustine whose daughter had died at age 21.

"She had a vision in her mind's eye of a beautiful portrait of her three children," recalled Eldridge, "but they had never been photographed together."

Using separate photographs of the woman's two sons and late daughter, Eldridge produced a 20-by-24-inch portrait of her children, suitable for framing. …

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