Music students perform in spring recital

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Dixie Music Center held it’s 2012 Spring Recital Saturday, April 28, at the Dixie County Cultural Center in Old Town. The Dixie County Historical Society sponsored the event. Although it was a small class this year, the performances were excellent and everyone had a good time.
This year’s guitar students, under the supervision of Mr. Bruce Miller, were: Brianna Frost, Houston Keen, Daniel Middleton, Joseph Morse, Zack Petty, Ian Roberts and Brittany Strickland.
Miss Elizabeth Schlaupitz had a keyboard student, Dusti Middleton and one vocal student, MacKayla Ward. Both did a great job.
This year two alumni students were asked to perform and both Blake Apodoca and JR Hernandez agreed to help us out. It was so good to see former students still active in their musical pursuits. Blake, who was great on the guitar, had help from singer Shawna Clark, who did a fabulous job and JR wowed the audience with his full-bodied vocals and excellent guitar skills. We appreciate them coming back for the event.
 All of the students did an exceptional job with the pieces that they had practiced. For many, it was the first time they had performed on a stage in front of an audience, and, even though they were nervous, they followed through and had a great experience.
There was a reception following the program and it was a good opportunity for parents and students alike to mingle and get to know one another. Miss Brenda Strickland, Miss Mary Lou Peters and Miss Linda Howell were all very helpful in preparing the reception area and we thank them so much. The Fanning Springs Community Church generously offered us the use of their chairs and we really appreciate their willingness to do so.
Miss Sherry Ragsdale, president of the Historical Society, was also very generous with her time in opening the auditorium and lending a pair of helping hands where needed. The Dixie County Historical Society has so much to offer to this community and we urge you to check them out any Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. There’s a wonderful museum and genealogy room and helpful folks to answer any questions. The Historical Society is located on the corner of Highway 349S and 55A in Old Town.
Dixie Music Center is located in Old Town at 26626 S.E. Hwy. 19 and has been serving the community for over 20 years. We are proud of our music school and our instructors, Mr. Bruce Miller for guitar, bass and mandolin and Miss Elizabeth Schlaupitz for keyboard and vocals. Dixie Music Center is owned and operated by Bob and Dotti Leichner and can be reached by calling: 352-542-3001.