Linda Mann

We are saddened to announce that our beloved FBA Past President, Linda Mann, director of bands at Diplomat Middle School in Cape Coral, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, February 22. We will update when more information becomes available. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

Services will be held Saturday, March 4, 11:00 am at Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, 8570 Cypress Lake Dr., Ft. Myers, FL 33919

In lieu of flowers, the family is creating a Memorial Scholarship fund. More information will be posted later.  Condolences may be sent to her parents, David and Fran Mann, at 337 Shore Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33905.

posted 2/22/2017

Gerald Poe

Dr. Poe taught in the public schools of Alachua County from 1986 to 2004. His jazz and concert bands were judged among the best in the state of Florida. Prior to teaching in Alachua County, Dr. Poe served as Director of Bands at the University of Florida, University of Colorado, University of Oregon and University of Portland, and taught public school in California and Colorado. His bands have appeared on national television over 40 times, and he has had more than 30 published articles and recordings. In 1984, Dr. Poe was in charge of the pre-game entertainment of Super Bowl XVIII, which was played in Tampa. The show featured 650 musicians of the combined Florida State University and University of Florida marching bands. This is the only time two major universities have joined to present entertainment for a Super Bowl.

Dr. Gerald Poe retired after 38 years of teaching in 2004. He was then appointed musical director of the Gainesville Community Band, and continued his career as a clinician, conductor, and performer throughout the United States and Canada. 

posted 2/7/2017

Kevin Frye

Kevin Frye lost his battle with cancer on December 25,2016. He was an incredible trumpet player, educator, and person. Kevin came to Florida in 1972 from his native New York. He was a Graduate of USF where he earned his master’s degree in Music Conducting after his undergraduate studies in Trumpet performance. He was a professional Trumpet player and the leader of The Mike Eisenstadt Band. He was an active and valued member of Tampa’s Jewish Community and through his music he shared “simchas” and bringing them joy by sharing his special talents for many years. He was a member of the Florida Wind Band and the orchestra Director at Madison Middle School, sharing his love of music for generations to come. 

In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center or to a college fund being established for his grandson.

The funeral will be conducted by Rabbi Betsy Torop at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33609 on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 at 1:00pm.

Shiva will be held 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week (Dec. 27, 28, and 29th) at Congregation Beth Shalom, 706 Bryan Rd. Brandon, FL 33511.

posted 12/27/2016

Nathanial "Nat" Baggarly

Dr. Baggarly was the band director at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville in the late 1950's and early 1960, and later taught at Eau Gallie high School in Brevard County, and Brevard Community College in Cocoal, Fla. (Now Eastern Florida State College).  At BCC he was the jazz band director and woodwinds instructor, as well as a professor of music history, theory, and humanities. He later was promoted to division chairman of fine arts and then associate dean of instruction.

Nat was a warm and gentle spirit, a gentleman and a scholar. He possessed the gift of encouragement and he freely gave of himself throughout his career to his students and to the College. He was recognized as an outstanding educator and adjudicator by his colleagues in the Florida Bandmasters Association. He served as a district chair for FBA during his tenure in Gainesville, and in 2013 he was inducted into the FBA Hall of Fame's Roll of Distinction.

Read more about Dr. Baggarly in the October 2013 Florida Music Director and watch his FBA Legacy Project Interview

posted 12/4/2016

Roy Carter

Roy F. Carter, age 86, of Tavares passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. He was born October 13, 1930 in Chattanooga, TN to William Roy Carter and Musette Watson Carter. He received his Master’s Degree from FSU. He moved to Lake County in 1984 from Belle Glade, FL. He was a beloved band director and a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War. He was a Methodist by faith. He was a member of Phi Beta Mu, Florida Bandmasters Association, and the Elks Lodge. He loved music and traveling and was also a Ham Radio Operator. He is survived by his son, Roy F. Carter, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Carter; daughter, Lisa Peak and her husband, Mike Peak; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Patricia Shaw Carter. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778.

See his FBA Legacy Interview

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday October 29th at 2:00 pm at:

Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Home
226 East Burleigh Blvd.
Tavares, Fla 32778

posted 10/21/2016

William A. Gora

Dr. William A Gora, Professor Emeritus of Music and former Director of Bands and Professor of Saxophone at Appalachian State University since 1976, has passed away.  According to family members who posted the news, he passed away Sunday morning July 17, 2016, in Florida after a long fight with mantle cell lymphoma. He was 69. Dr. Gora has served FBA over the years as an Adjudicator at the State Concert Band MPA and State Jazz Band MPA.

posted 7/18/2016

Del Kieffner

Delbert "Del" Kieffner, former band directer at Orlando Edgewater High School (1957-1973) and former Orange County Music Supervisor, passed away June 1 at 9:25 pm, one day after his 88th birthday. Del had a tremendous influence and impact on the lives of his former students and will be greatly missed. He thrived during those years with Jack Williams at Winter Park HS, Mark Casey at Boone HS, and Jim "Chief" Wilson at Jones HS. Be sure to see his Legacy Video on this web site. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marilyn and the Kieffner family. The service will be held Monday, June 6th, at 2:00 at the Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, Fla. 32792. There will be a reception at the church following the service - nothing prior.  

posted 6/2/2016

Arthur L. Berman

Arthur L. Berman, 71, of Ocala, passed away on December 13, 2015. Arthur was the Band Director for Miami Springs Middle School, retiring after 30 years. He was a member of the Greater Miami Symphonic Band for many years and also Director of the Central Florida Community College Variations Band in Ocala. He volunteered and served as a mentor to several youth in the Ocala area.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Florence Berman. Survivors include his loving wife, Diana C. Berman of Ocala; sons, Paul Berman of Gainesville, FL and Raul (Angela) Garcia of Tampa, FL; daughters, Jodi Serrano of Gainesville, FL and Jetzebell Valdez of Boca Raton, FL, and Harold Berman of FT. Mill, SC.

posted 1/4/2016