Musician Spotlight

  • Jazz Messenger

    March 10, 2021

    Drummer Paul Gavin is Director of the freshly minted Gulf Coast Jazz Collective that is performing regularly at the Gulf Coast Symphony’s Music and Arts Community Center. Here is his story.

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  • Redemption

    October 2, 2020

    As a young session musician in his hometown of Philadelphia, John Wadsworth had it all – the buzz, the money, the cars, the homes and a nice little family. But the jazz and rock life takes its toll on the soul, often leading talented musicians to fall over the edge. John’s journey took him to the point of no return, only he didn’t like what he saw and came back.

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  • And the Twain Shall Meet

    September 13, 2020

    Retirement is what you make it. Many of us see it as a foreboding beginning of the end. Others, such as Gulf Coast Symphony French horn player Susan Oliver, use retirement to capitalize on opportunities they did not take before.

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  • A Boy Without a Country

    August 28, 2020

    In 1939, Henry Jacobson was a German Jew living and working in France, with a French wife and a young son. Anticipating the impending European conflagration, Henry, who owned a leather goods factory, fled with his family to Switzerland the night before the border was closed.

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  • Back to Where He Once Belonged

    August 7, 2020

    Many of us pass through life leaving behind parts of our childhood, only to find them again decades later. That’s just what the Gulf Coast Symphony’s timpanist Gary Colston discovered, and he’s not looked back since.

    Gary was born in Logan, West Virginia, the area home to the legendary Hatfields and the McCoys.

    He started playing percussion in junior high school, following in the footsteps of his older brother Ken. As such, he got into music at a relatively older age of 13 or 14.

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