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    Marie Heady

    Marie grew up in Fairfield, CT where she started music in the public schools on E flat horn and switched to saxophone.  Classical music is Marie's first love, but since she didn't come from a musical family, she didn't know her instrument was not included in any orchestral works.  At age 10, Marie studied with Dan Ginannini at the Music Center in Bridgeport.

    Marie also developed a love for sports, and her athletic acitivites including playing softball for the Raybestos Brakettes, and playing basketball on a national level. 

    In High School, Marie played in a 12 piece dance band, was first chair in All State Band (1954-55), where she performed with famous guest conductor, Dr. William Revelli from the University of Michigan.

    Marie was torn between a college career majoring in music or physical education.  She chose physical education and holds a BA from Bethany College in West Virginia, and MS from Southern CT State College, and a 6th Year Certificate from California State University at Northridge.

    Marie went on to teach high school Physical Education for 35 years, before retiring in 1994.  She coached field hockey, basketball, and track & field and garnered several honors and awards, including CT HS Coaches Association Award, 1985 Outstanding HS Basketball Coach, CT Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (coach 1993), Northeast Women's Hall of Fame (1994), and the National Assocaiation for Girls and Women in Sport's Pathfinder award for the State of Connecticut.

    Marie started playing again in the late 1970's thanks to former SCCB Conductor Frank Furman, who had an office across from Marie, and encouraged her to practice and join in the community band.  She was also a member of the Stratford Sister Cities Band (now the CT Symphonic Band) and played with them in Canada, England, Germany, and performed their Carnegie Hall concert in 1990.

    After Marie's retirement, she did extensive traveling and stopped playing in both bands.  We are now happy to have Marie back with us in our Alto Sax section.

    Marie's hobbies include all sports (playing and watching), music, and fly fishing.  She also helped build 2 Habitat for Humanity houses in Bridgeport (all women built).  This winter, Marie will add to the list by trying her hand at dog sledding in Canada.


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