Piano, Violin, Drums, Woodwinds, Bag Pipe, Guitar
Shirley plays and teaches many instruments and has taught at Warner Robins Music many years. She also presently serves as Band Director at Central Fellowship Christian Academy. A former active duty Airman in the Air Force Reserve Band at Robins AFB and federal civilian employee, she retired in 2009 with 32 years of combined federal service. In 2011, she completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Wesleyan College in Macon. While at Wesleyan, she studied under Nadine Cheek (voice), Professor of Music, Edward Eikner (piano) (former professor, now retired), and Jason Economidas (violin). Her earlier Associate of Arts degree (applied lessons on clarinet, voice and piano) had been earned from Manatee Jr. College in Bradenton, Florida, and she also studied one year of music at the University of West Florida in Pensacola (clarinet and voice). She began teaching piano in 1990.
Shirley has also performed on guitar, flute, recorder, tenor sax, violin, percussion and more … even the bagpipes! Besides her love for singing and all of her instruments, the bagpipes have played a major role in her musical outreach. She feels honored to have led, as pipe major, the Centerville Fire Department Pipes and Drums, which became the Heart of Georgia Pipes and Drums, and then the Mercer University Pipes and Drums (http://mupd.org). ; In 2009, both bands combined at Mercer. While on active duty as bandsman (clarinet, voice and bagpipes), she had also led, as pipe major, the Air Force Reserve Pipe Band at Robins AFB. Also, with a love for percussion, she later studied drumming, beginning with Mark Clark of Warner Robins, former percussionist with the Band of the Air Force Reserve. She learned to play both the Scottish side drum and tenor drum, and played the tenor drum in the 80th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (http://www.usafa.af.mil/photos/mediagallery.asp?galleryID=3946&page=2). Shirley has also studied and performed dance, including ballet, Irish dance, Israeli dance, and more. She has also been part of church praise and worship teams and choirs for many years. She directed an Easter musical play at Yokota Christian Center, Japan, and later became the West Chapel choir director at Yokota AB while on tour with her husband in Japan 1988 – 1991.
Shirley comes from a musical family that loved to perform for the public. Her parents made sure she had the instruments to learn and plenty of opportunities for playing music and singing. She feels blessed to have had so many opportunities for music and likewise, desires to pass along her musical knowledge to others so that they may also experience the joy of music. She is good with both children and adults, and loves to take part in their adventure.