In April, at the RAMI (Rockford Area Music Industry) Awards event, I was the recipient of the 2014 RAMI Community Service Award. The event brought many people together to celebrate the diverse styles of music. It pulled the musical community together for an entertaining and rewarding evening that included a variety of music performed by many talented singers, musicians and bands.
I am director of Senior Follies, an all-volunteer musical revue that has entertained thousands of townspeople since 1994. I have sung with the Bill Engberg Orchestra and the East Bank Commanders, a senior big band.
Every year I have read the names of RAMI winners, but I never imagined that someday my name would be on the list. I am a grateful winner.
From the June 4-10, 2014, issue