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We are so thankful for our family of "fabulous flutes."
They add a so much style and sparkle both musically and socially.
Francine's outgoing disposition has been ideal for her career
in real estate. She is at the time of this entry the treasurer
for the organization and is diligent to collect a month membership
fee from each member.
We have been fortunate that George has shared his talents
with us now for a few years. He orginally joined our band
playing the electric bass guitar when we were tuba poor. He
gave our bass voices a boost.
recently, George found an antique baritone sax in reasonably
good condition which he determined to play. He now not only
plays with verve but can, if not restrained, can easily dominate
the entire bass register. George, always modest, was known
to quip, "I am the 1,750th best bass guitar player..
in Cass County.
experience spans from farming to running his own construction-related
Candy Tessmann started playing alto sax in the sixth grade
and changed to bari sax in the tenth grade. Many, many years
later, when her husband Brian joined the Golden Notes in the
fall of 2015 they began shopping for a saxophone and decided
on a tenor sax.
She joined the band in January of 2016 and has enjoyed rehearsals,
performances and getting to know the other band members.
Playing in the Golden Notes is a nice retirement activity
Candy and Brian enjoy doing together. Before retiring May
of 2015 Candy was employed with Fargo Public Schools in their
computer technology department. Candy and Brian live in North
Fargo and have four grown children and four grandsons.
Harlan is one of founding percussionists. He is a retired
architect and and was an instructer of architecture at NDSU.
Harlan tells us that music was his favorite student activity
in high school days.
getting his degree in architecture at NDSU, Harlan found work
playing in local bands which paid for about a third of his
college costs. He is married to Sharon who taught elementary
classes in the Fargo schools. The two now retired enjoy traveling
Laurie has played her clarinet with the Golden Notes since
and her husband Bob, have abandoned the cold of Fargo to enjoy
warmer climes. As snowbirds, they have found a place where
they can share their musical talents with others.
The Romans immerse themselves in the music and community theater
down south. I should mention that Bob is a fine singer and
we hope he can fill a slot with the band some time
in the future.
Linda joined the band in 2006 and feels fortunate to play
with the "fabulous flutes" section. She especially "appreciates
all the other wonderful people in the band!" Before moving
to West Fargo, Linda and her husband, David, spent 35 years
farming northwest of Devils Lake.
She enjoys games, reading, playing the piano, growing flowers,
fishing and spends way too much time texting back and forth
with her sister, daughters and six grandchildren.
Our principal among the fabulous flutes, Nancy, is a retired
music professional. She is among those whose versatile contributions
have so greatly enriched our band.
When we need an accompanist we can call on her; When we need
a piccolo obbligato, we call on her; when we need a substitute
director we can call on Nancy. She also is helping to keep
our music library organized and that is a tough assignment.
Michele, a retired school principal, is a recent member of
this band. She attended several of their concerts in the first
six years of her retirement. She enjoyed the Golden Note's
music, philosophy, and the 'downright FUN' that a good friend
was having as a member.
Golden Notes "groupie", she was encouraged to relocate her
clarinet that was last played at Williston High and last seen
in Montana! Well, she tracked it down, took some refresher
lessons and has been blowing up a storm ever since!
"I'm not perfect yet but what's a squeak among friends?
Look out, Woody Allen! "
Linda grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota. In their spare
time the kids all played and sang around the piano, so music
is in her blood. She started her varied career as an operating
room nurse, married and then worked as family therapist. She
and also sold real estate for 22 years.
Linda says, "I read every book I can find, and play with
my grandson's every chance I get. Now retired, I love to be
a part of the Golden Notes even though I'm rusty. What a great
family of new friends ! Love it."
As a farm kid from Sawyer, North Dakota, Bill grew up with
music in the home. His dad played a concertina and his mother
an accordian. Although they encouraged his playing, it was
only later he took an interest in his dad's concertina. Bill
stayed busy with music ever since. After his military days
he was able to earn a few bucks playing cordovox with local
Fargo bands. Bill played mostly by ear in those days with
a group called the "Happy Jacks." One of our number
was a talented 'button trombone' player, Ed Christianson.
tuba career was launched in Foreman, N. Dakota when a community
band was started. There were some beater tubas he learned
to play. Again, moving to Fargo, Bill joined the “Royal Melodies,”
dividing his time between accordian and tuba. After finishing
his work career, Bill continues to enjoy playing. He performs
with a brass ensemble at church and is now a welcome member
of the FM Golden Notes band. Bill is a talented master showman.
We are so happy Bill shares his talent with us..
and chorus were very important to Gina while in school. She
played and sang in lots of group gatherings. Then as life
continued, there were church choirs and community cantatas.
These were a highlight in her life.
Married to husband, Bill, Gina has 2 adult children and 3
precious Granddaughters. Her oldest Grandaughter now plays
the alto sax in school and the two enjoy playing duets in
church and nursing homes.
About 4 years ago Gina joined an adult band in Page, ND. She
enjoyed that and now enjoys the FM Golden Notes very much.
Gina spent 37 pleasant years working for the Arthur Companies
and the Burgum family from which she retired 2 years ago.
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