Saturday, February 18, 2012

Meet the Directors: Part One

To delve further into the "best kept secret in Waterford," the next few posts will provide some stories of the band members themselves.  The first introduction, appropriately, is the driving force behind our group: the two band directors, Gerry Spry and Terry Odelli, both of whom are former Waterford School District Band Directors.

Here is a biography for Gerry Spry, as found on the Waterford New Horizons Band Website:

"Gerald Spry is a retired instrumental music teacher from Waterford, MI where he taught fifth through twelfth grade instrumental music for thirt'y two years.
Gerald attended Michigan State University, where he received Bachelors and Masters degrees with his original degree as a registered music therapist. He worked as a music therapist for five years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in Northville, Michigan before receiving his teaching certification.
After retirement in 2000 he began a New Horizons Band with six people. The band now has a membership of sixty five people plus and has a full schedule of concerts throughout the year. He has been a member of The Motor City Brass Band from Detroit and presently is playing in the percussion section with the Birmingham Community Concert Band.
Gerry is married to Elizabeth who is a retired Church Musician. They have three children and two grandchildren. Gerry also enjoys traveling and operating toy trains with his son."

Gerry Spry is currently on medical leave from the band and is expected to return within the next few months.  For more information about the "best kept secret in Waterford," visit the band website at by clicking the following link:

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