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Thomasville group makes beautiful music

July 18, 2007

Thomasville--  After building an impressive background in conducting, "I went to the San Francisco conservatory of music, got my bachelors in conducting and my masters in music and conducting," Gerard Troise's life led him down a different path. . .until recently.   "After all these years I wanted to get back into music," says Troise, SWG Community Orchestra conductor. 

The idea to start a local community orchestra is bringing an unlikely mix together.  "Some of them have played all their lives, some of them are professional musicians, some of them are students in college, some of them are 8th graders," says director Tom Wagner.

Orchestra secretary & member Jessica Melear adds, "this is just a really unique way to get involved because it's all ages, it's professionals, it's middle schoolers, it's beginners."

It started with just a few but has grown into 24 members. Some are just learning their instruments, others are picking them back up after years away.  "Once they started playing again they found out they had no avenue available to them to practice or participate," explains Wagner.  Creating an avenue to do it is an obvious advantage of the group.

But it also creates a place where love and knowledge of music is continually passed on.  "Its interesting to be able to learn from the professionals but also be somebody that's looked up to by the younger musicians," says Melear.

The orchestra hopes they'll have the opportunity to perform with local dance groups and other area orchestras in the future.

The Southwest Georgia Community orchestra has 24 members right now but would like to get up to around 50 to 60 members.  If you'd like to join, contact Tom Wagner at




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