Sara Simpson:
Eb Alto Horn

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Sara Simpson attended Mt. Carmel High School in Wabash County, IL and played in the band with Director Floyd "Pappy" Perkins. She learned how to read music through piano lessons since the third grade. Sara earned a BME from Illinois Wesleyan and an MM from Northwestern. She taught public school music for 32 years and is retired. She has been a band director and choir director and has performed in orchestras, bands, and musicals, She studied band music in Europe through Illinois State University. She lives in a Victorian Cottage and is the custodian of her family tree. She is a member of DAR through William Simpson of Virginia.


Sara plays to honor her Civil War ancestors: David S. Reel (115th Illinois), Henry J. Gard (115th Illinois Musician), Joseph M. Gard (66th Illinois), Timothy Gard (48th Illinois), Jacob Reel (48th Illinois), Capt. Joseph Crow (48th Illinois), and John H. Simpson (3rd Tennessee Cavalry). John Simpson was proprietor of the “Sultana Monument” erected in Knoxville, TN in 1916.


Sara is a charter member of the band and has played clarinet, percussion, and Eb alto horn in the group. She has served as band secretary and board member and has contributed to the band's web site. Her fondest memories are performing in the Circus Parade in Milwaukee and at her home church, First United Methodist Church in Henderson, KY.


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