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Songwriters make a splash with the GBMS Symphonic Band!

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I WRITE THE SONGS--Songwriters perform at the beach during the 2018 Songwriters Festival. Some of the songwriters stopped in to write a song with the GBMS Band.

I WRITE THE SONGS--Songwriters perform at the beach during the 2018 Songwriters Festival. Some of the songwriters stopped in to write a song with the GBMS Band.

I WRITE THE SONGS--Songwriters perform at the beach during the 2018 Songwriters Festival. Some of the songwriters stopped in to write a song with the GBMS Band.

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On October 4, 2018, GBMS’ very own Symphonic Band wrote “Phins Up!” with songwriters Donna Bukevicz and Ross Orenstein. Bukevicz once wrote a song that competed with Adele’s Skyfall and Orenstein is a masterful creator of kids’ music and Coke™ jingles. Ross rocked the guitar, Donna captured the lyrics, and the band played the percussion. “It felt really interactive and was really fun,” said Garret Smith, a member of the symphonic band. “I think it’s really cool that our school does this every year.” The band and songwriters worked very hard all period and it paid off! The song was exciting, upbeat, and makes everyone proud to be a dolphin!  

 The Pensacola Beach Songwriters’ Festival is an annual event and 2018 marked the festival’s 10th anniversary.  Each year, new and old songwriters converge on the beach to play their music.  Local restaurants and venues host these artists. One group of artists, including Jeremy Bussey, Josh Kerr, and Nicole Johnson, entertained the guests at the Sandbar.  Nicole Johnson even competed in the third season of The Voice on Team Blake.  “There’s nothing better than playing songs on the beach with great people,” said Johnson.  

The songwriters and the Symphonic band are the perfect blend of lyrics and melody, making a masterpiece while having fun. These inspiring composers will surely make a splash wherever they go and GBMS was no exception!  

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One Response to “Songwriters make a splash with the GBMS Symphonic Band!”

  1. Susan Smithey on November 4th, 2018 7:42 pm

    Nicely written! I love that you interviewed one of the artists.

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