The Gateway Community Band, under the direction of Ken Feneley, would like to present their spring concert, “Instrumental Feature Fest,” on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:30pm in the Gladwin High School Cafetorium. Among the instrument sections featured during the evening will be the French Horns, Percussion, and Clarinets. Two players form the clarinet section are highlighted in this article.
Ruth Richard is a clarinet player, who is also a registered nurse at Tendercare of Clare. She is a Gladwin resident who went to nursing school at University of Massachusetts and is going for her masters at SVSU.
Ruth’s husband Andy also plays alto saxophone in the band works as an engineer. Two of their three children, Alice and Chris have played in the Gateway Band in the past. Alice plays flute and piccolo and has graduated from Alma College.
Their son Chris plays barisax and attends University of Michigan. The couples daughter Nettie is a senior at Gladwin High School and plays alto sax, flute and piccolo in the High School Band. When they have spare time, Ruth likes to garden and knit and Andy continues to serve as treasurer for the Gladwin Band Boosters as he has for the last five years.
Mark Mayday, is our first part solo clarinetist, and teaches elementary music in Gladwin. Mark studied music education at CMU and has been teaching for six years. His daughter, Elizabeth, graduated from CMU in Speech Pathology and plays flute in the Gateway Band. She is going to Bowling Green for her masters degree. In past concerts his son, Alex, has played trumpet. In his spare time, Mark likes to travel, read and do crossword puzzles. He is also a member of the Eastshore Symphony in Standish, bell choir director at his church, and a part of the pit orchestra in Gladwin for the “Sound of Music,” musical.
The Gateway Community Band is an all volunteer non-profit organization with members that range from recent high school graduates to retirees, coming from all over Mid Michigan. Admission is free to all Gateway Concerts, although donations are gratefully accepted. The band presents five concerts each season running from September to July. For more information about the band, please visit, http://www.gatewaybands.org/ or see us on our Facebook page.