The following outline of our Board of Directors is posted for all to see and is as it appears
in our By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation, established in 1996.
Mark Green performs regularly with the Jazz Society at the Black Box Theatre in Ft. Pierce. Originally from NY, where he played his trumpet on stage on Broadway as well as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Mark also travelled nationally and internationally accompanying such celebrities as Vic Damone, Neil Sedaka, and Mel Torme just to mention a few.
He moved to South Florida in 1988 and immediately formed his own Dixieland band known as the Rowdy Roosters. For the past 10 years he has directed, along with Al Hager, a 17pc. Big Band known as FDO-For Dancers Only, the Big Swingin’ Band. Since 2001, Mark has written and presented 3 mixed-media shows, “A Tribute to Satchmo,” “The Genius of Duke Ellington,” and “Benny Goodman-The King of Swing.” The latter was performed on stage at the Sunrise Theater in 2013 with 19 musicians.
Mark has been a noted educator for as long as he’s been a musician, and was very honored to have received the Teacher of the Year Award for the State of Florida in 2004. This was presented to him by the Department of Juvenile Justice at Disney World, for his work with at-risk teenage youth. This summer will be the third year that he will direct and write the curriculum for the society’s Summer Jazz Band Camp program. This is designed to teach young music students, and recently older ones too, the techniques in improvising and performing jazz music in front of a live audience.
Mark states, “I’m happy to play a small part in attempting to keep this great American art form alive, by mentoring young people in the joy of performing jazz.”
Angela has, lived here all her life and is married with 3 kids who grew up loving music. Her Dad had his own band and played locally in St. Lucie county for years. Angie loves all of the local non-profit organizations. She worked for the Boys and Girls Club of St Lucie county for 9 years and became involved with the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society about two and half years ago, (Oct., 2014), when she was recommended to the Society by Wendy Dwyer.
Doug is a recent addition to the Society’s Board of Directors. He
moved from Massachusetts to Vero Beach in late 2015, after the
loss of his wife, Laureen, and retiring from a 35 year career at Raytheon. He has made the Society a priority in his new retirement phase.
A sandwich musician, Doug had an active musical youth, as an orchestral percussionist, composer, Top-40 cover band drummer, live sound engineer and a recording studio engineer. In high school he performed on the stage of Boston Symphony Hall as part of All-State. He was also a member of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYBSO) as both a percussionist and the organizations first youth conductor.
During his 20’s, he was an aspiring conductor, preferring operatic conducting and studied with Richard Pittman, Walter Eisenberg and had private tutoring under Sir Colin Davis.
Sandwiched between his youth and retirement musical periods was a 23 year period of married life and raising his three children with his wife in Massachusetts.
Now in retirement, Doug has resurrected his orchestral percussion playing and has performed with the Treasure Coast Symphony, Central Florida Winds, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Port St. Lucie Community Band, and the Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra.
He has had a great lifelong love of jazz, a love inspired by his father, Ken, a longtime attendee and member of the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society, who took his 10 year old son, Doug, to hear live jazz in Boston with the likes of Stan Kenton Big Band, Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson, and Alvin Jones.
John E. Hutchison (Butch), Age 79.
Born and raised on a farm in West Virginia.
Spent 3 years in the Marine Corps.
Attended the University of New Mexico for 2 years.
Worked in television broadcasting and production for 50 years.
Spent 19 years in television production in NYC, including 14 years as videotape editor on Sesame Street.
Retired from Clemson University after 23 years producing and directing distant learning classes by satellite.
Moved to Fort Pierce in March of 2014.
Maurice began his relationship with the guitar at the age of seven. He was inspired by the sounds of Carlos Montaya and other Flamenco greats, introduced to him by his mother, Esther Azar Sedacca, who had been a well admired vocalist herself. For the next few years he became involved with various types of music, both traditional and popular, playingsolo and with local "pick-up" groups. As a teenager, Maurice found jazz to be an encompassing mode of expression and began study with the innovative jazz guitarist, Howard Morgen. Other, more traditional training includes studieswith Rodrigo Riera, world-renowned classical guitarist, and at the Hunter College music department under the directionof Professor James Harrison of the Paris Conservatory. Additionally, he has had the opportunity to study Arabic music theory with Hakki Obadia which has influenced his playing of the oud, the middle-eastern "grandfather" of the guitar. Since 1964, Maurice has played with such mentionables as Bobby Timmons, the Platters, Andy Narrell & the Steel Bandits, Ralphi Pagan, Mala Waldron, Ray Ramos y La Sonora, Scott Wilson and the Serena Dance Studios, the Frank Terris Orchestras, Eddie "The Sheik" Kochak, Souren Baronian and Gwen Cleveland and the Something Special Big Band. He also appeared on the "Emeril Live" show on Food Network Television.
Maurice is currently performing in the New York City vicinityand South Florida area in public venues, at private parties and with the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society!