Peninsula Symphonic Band
Door County, Wisconsin  

oboe & flute
In 7th grade in Pekin, Illinois, as a reward for getting straight A's on my report card, I got to take up an instrument, the flute. In high school band, I started dating a clarinet player. Seven years later we married and have been married 53 years, and we still both play in the band! I joined the Peninsula Symphonic Band after my husband had become a member. I find it relaxing and fun. The flute has been my band instrument of choice, but of late—and at age 75—I am trying to learn oboe. This is all part of my avocation-in-retirement. Professionally, I was a string instrument teacher. My college degree is in music with an emphasis on violin and piano. I taught at the Fine Arts School in Racine, Wisconsin, until retirement. I still play violin in the Green Bay Civic Symphony, the Manitowoc Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra from time to time, and at St. Norbert College when they require an orchestra to accompany their choir. I cannot imagine a life without music!

Donna Russell