Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Education

Big brass sounds it out at St. Pete High band practice

CHERIE DIEZ | Times

In his first job since graduating from the University of Florida in December, St. Petersburg High School band director Cameron Vaadi, 24, of Bradenton instructs sousaphone players, sophomore Patrick Tobin, 15, left, and freshman Matthew Bohl, 14, as he works with the brass section during practice Thursday. Vaadi is the school's third band director in as many years. Vaadi, a French horn player since age 11, says it has been his dream to create his own legacy at a high school since he was a college sophomore. "I want to create the next generation of fantastic musicians," said Vaadi, who majored in music education at UF. "I want to inspire my students the way my teachers inspired me."

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