Mr. Miller had a passion for all types of music including jazz and gospel. He was the first band director at Eustis Vocational school, a band program very well-known and successful under Mr. Miller’s direction participating in the FABD State Festival several times from 1952 to 1964.
Mr. Miller was a member of the Florida Association of Band Directors (FABD) which was an organization dedicated to provide the music schools of predominantly black colleges in Florida with a feeder system from 1941 until 1966, when the organization merged with the Florida Bandmasters Association. In 1965 he was 1st Vice president of the FABD. Being a man of education, he quickly rose through the ranks in the Lake County School System from band director to assistant principal, principal, and finally director of personnel during his forty years of dedication. He was the first African-American to be elevated to the position of principal in the city of Leesburg, Florida, and he played a pivotal role in the discrimination cases that were brought in the early 1960’s in Lake County to remedy racial discrimination faced by educators.
Mr. Miller passed away on November 19, 2014. He was a great man and a great influence and example to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Matthew Morgan Jensen, Sunday, November 16, 2014. Matt was a man of great faith, a devoted husband, a talented musician, a dedicated teacher, and an avid outdoorsman. Matt received a degree in Music Education from Trevecca Nazarene College and began a nearly 40 year career as a music teacher and band director at Olympic Heights High School, Santaluces High School and Woodlands Middle School, all in Palm Beach County, and Emerald Cove Middle School in Wellington. Matt did not just teach his students to play an instrument, he taught them the value of hard work, practice and perseverance. He loved his students and believed it was a privilege to have the opportunity to introduce them to the world of music.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Quattlebaum Funeral Cremation and Event Center, 5411 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33417. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Fellowship Church, Boynton Beach Mall, 801 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, FL 33426. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a fund to be established in Matt's honor. The "Matthew Jensen Memorial Fund" will assist financially disadvantaged students with their music education. Information on how to make a donation to the fund, will be included in next Sunday's obituary and posted on PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries.
James R.Crosby, 80, a proud United States Army veteran and lifetime educator, and a great musician passed away on September 20, 2014. He was born in Tampa, Florida January 28, 1934 and is survived by his devoted wife and soul mate of nearly 58 years, Gail Lowman, and loving family; children, Les (Sue), James Dale (Tricia) & Dana (Orville Collier); four grandchildren Justin (Kristen), James, Bailey and Xia. Jim was a retired Life Member of the Florida Bandmasters Association.
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Interviews with Jesse Pearl, Jim Sammons, Frank Howes, Steve Ogilvie, George Walters, Bert Creswell, Ken Williams, Don Jennings, Bill Cannon and Penny Janoowski have been recently added.
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The following documents present the findings of a select committee which was formed to describe a band program that represents policies, procedures, and fundamentals that can be defined as Best Practices in Florida school band programs. read more ...