Peninsula Symphonic Band
Door County, Wisconsin  

flute & piccolo & alto saxophone
I began playing the flute during the 5th grade, at the tender age of 10 years old, at Maple Crest Elementary School in Kokomo, Indiana. I played through high school and during my first year in college. I quit after my first year of college when the band director embarrassed me in front of the rest of the band because I came in late for rehearsal. Being quite shy, this was devastating and I decided to turn my talents elsewhere. When I was in my mid-20s and living in Kenosha, Wisconsin, I heard about the Parkside Community Band at UW-Parkside, so I dusted off my flute and went to a rehearsal. Not long afterwards, my husband gave me a piccolo for my birthday and got me started on that instrument. I had always missed playing and was thrilled to be with a band once again. Iíve been playing ever since with a number of different groups, including the Newtonburg Brass Band, in any place Iíve been, including Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Iíve been a member of the Peninsula Symphonic Band since I moved to Door County in 2003 and my neighbors, Jim and Donna Russell, invited me to play with the band. I enjoy the people in the band and just have fun with it all. Itís also a great way to keep up my musical skills. One of the things I most enjoy is the piccolo part in Sousaís Stars & Stripes Forever. Retired from the corporate world at a much younger age than most, I am now a small business owner and professional chocolatier. My small chocolate business, Door County Chocolatier, can be found at

Pamela Johnson