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Wildcat band ranks ballooning

Band director Mike Warren during a recent practice at BCHS.Commitment to community is a fundamental part of what drives Mike Warren, the bank director at Baker County High School.

In the year since the young teacher took over the position, the number of participants in the school’s marching band has increased from 20 to the current 50 members.

Even record breaking heat didn’t stop the dedicated group of music students, along with majorette and color guard auxiliary units, from giving it everything they had during the recent week-long band camp August 1-5.

The group is gearing up for a colorful half-time show inspired by the musical Grease.

During camp, as students worked on one of the show’s compositions, Mr. Warren talked about his experience in Baker County so far and what the future holds.

“Segments of the Grease-inspired show will start appearing at football games as soon as the 2011-12 school year begins. The show, in its entirety, should be perfected by October,” he said.

It’s all part of a bigger plan to dazzle the judges in the up-coming Florida Bandmasters Association competition.

“The football games will be our dress rehearsals,” he said.

The turn-around in the marching band program is certainly worthy of note. After all, Mr. Warren is only 24 and Baker County is his first teaching position.

 

So what exactly has he been doing to increase interest and cement that kind of commitment from students?

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Cecil Crews, 78, of Floral City

Cecil Layton Crews, 78, one time resident of Macclenny and recently of Floral City, FL, died at home on August 1, 2011, under the care of his family and hospice. A native of Jacksonville, he was born Oct 29, 1932, to the late Charles and Effie Mae (Kelly) Crews and moved to the Floral City area 25 years ago from Orlando. He was a retired area sales manager for the major appliance division of General Electric and an Army veteran.

Cecil will be remembered as a loving father, a good provider and hard worker. He could always cheer you up and was always there, both during the good times and bad times as well. He will always be missed.

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Shirley Dugger, 50, was an LPN

Shirley Ann Dugger, 50, of Macclenny died Wednesday, Aug. 3, at her residence following an extended illness. She was born in Jacksonville and lived in Macclenny all of her life. She was a licensed practical nurse and graduated from Florida Community College of Jacksonville.

She was employed as the department head of the Employee Health Department of St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville for 16 years until ill health forced her retirement in 2006. She was also part-owner of N.E. Florida Power Equipment in Macclenny and a member of the Christian Fellowship Temple. She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Virginia Johns Smith.

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