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2010 Rotary District 7750 Conference    Greenville, South Carolina
April 30 - May 2, 2010
Conference Entertainment

Rock 'n Roll Heaven - Presented by Centre Stage

Rousing, upbeat musical shows have been growing in popularity at Greenville’s Centre Stage ever since the theater first put on “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” in July of 2005.

Continuing in the tradition of last year’s wildly popular Clear Lake: The Rock ‘n Roll Reunion, Centre Stage takes you on a trip to the place where music legends live forever … Rock ‘n Roll Heaven!

This original musical review is crafted by nationally-recognized composer/arranger/musician Joe Wehunt, who was the creative force behind Clear Lake. Vocalists and musicians hand-picked by Wehunt have recreated the signature sounds of rock legends who dominated the charts during the 50s, 60s and beyond.


Brad Majors & Betsy Schroeder

Brad Majors and Betsy Schroeder have been playing jazz together for nine years. In that time, they played most of the local jazz venues and many private parties in the Greenville area.

Betsy’s day job is branch manager for Bank of Travelers Rest.  In addition to being a member of the Greenville Breakfast Rotary Club, Betsy also serves as AG for Area 3.  She is also a member of the Travelers Rest Evening Women’s Club, Greenville Technical College Foundation Board, Northwest Advisory Board and will be District Conference Chair in 2011.

Brad is married to Josselyn and has two step-sons, Callum and Dominic. His day job is director of marketing for Greenville Technical College. In addition to Greenville Breakfast Rotary, Brad has served in a leadership/board member capacity with many community service organizations including Greenville Humane Society, Friends of the Reedy River, Greenville Concert Band, and the American Advertising Federation/Greenville, where he was awarded the Silver Medal Award for career achievement and community service.


Eun-Sun Lee
Violinist
Accompanied by Stan Starnes, Rotary Club of Greenville

Eun-Sun Lee began her violin studies in Seoul, Korea, and continued in Los Angeles, California, where she received first prize in the American String Teachers’ Association Competition. She received her Bachelor and Master Degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City, where she was a scholarship pupil of Dorothy DeLay and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Southern California as a Teaching Assistant to Eudice Shapiro.

Dr. Lee’s solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States include performances in New York City for the Beethoven Society, the Metropolitan Museum, Carnegie Hall, Kaufman Concert Hall at the 92 nd Street Y, Lincoln Center, the Centennial Celebration Series of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Korean Cultural Service in New York City, Emory University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Pepperdine University, Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and Highlands/Cashiers Festival in North Carolina.

Dr. Lee has performed in several continents including Asia, South America, Europe and has been a faculty member and performer at the International Workshops Orchestra and the Eduard Melkus Ensemble at the 26 th Annual American String Teachers’ Association International Workshop in Stavanger, Norway, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, the Hidden Valley Seminars in Carmel, California, and Waterloo Music Festival in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

As a member of the South Carolina Arts Commission Community Tour and Approved Artist Roster and founding artist member of SouthernArtistry.org (www.southernartistry.org) she has released two CD recordings with her Violin/Piano Duo partner, Fabio Parrini. Dr. Lee is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Wofford Chamber Players and the Director of Chamber Music Series at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Dr. Lee is accompanied by Stan Starnes, a member of the Rotary Club of Greenville.


The Fine Arts Center Jazz Ensemble

Consisting of students from Greenville’s Fine Arts Center (FAC), the Jazz Ensemble is conducted by Steve Watson who teaches guitar at the FAC. Steve received his B.A. from Newberry College in 1974 and his M.M. from the University of Miami. From 1981-1990, Steve was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California in the Studio/Jazz Guitar Department.

He was also a freelance studio guitarist in Los Angeles from 1980-1990. A guitarist for the hit television shows Magnum P.I., Hill Street Blues, Hunter, Quantum Leap, L.A. Law, Young Riders, and The A-Team, Steve has also played on the soundtrack for the movies Big, Big Business, Dragnet and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. He has recorded albums with B.B. King, Dolly Parton and Mike Post. Steve is currently President of Watson Wood Music, Inc. in Greenville. . 


Heather Magruder
Bagpiper

A native of Scotland, Heather has been playing the bagpipes since she was 14 years old. She has played at Epcot Center at Disney World, the World’s Fair in Knoxville, at Graceland – Home of Elvis Presley and at Highland Games and Festivals throughout the Southeast. She has also toured as a bagpiper with Rod Stewart.

Heather is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she received a B.A. in English. She is currently working on an M.F.A. degree in creative writing. Working as an arts-integration coordinator at both the Metropolitan Arts Council and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Heather is an award-winning fiction writer and a member of Emrys.

Heather lives in Greenville with her husband Jim and her three children, Davis, Corey and Dylan.


Darron Meares
Auctioneer

Darron Meares, MBA, CAI, MPPA, of Pelzer, South Carolina is a member of the National Auctioneers Association Board of Directors. He is currently serving a three-year term and is presently the Chairman of the Technology Committee.

Meares is a second-generation auctioneer and has been around the auction industry since the late 1970s attending and working his first auction around the age of five years old. He is Chief Operating Officer, benefit auction coordinator and lead asset appraiser for the Meares Auction Group, which averages over 125 auctions per year. Meares serves on the South Carolina Auctioneer Association Board of Directors and is the chairman of the Education committee for a second term.  In addition, he is an auction school instructor with the Southeastern School of Auctioneering and teaches Continuing Education seminars across SC, NC, GA and KY.  He is also a seminar presenter and CE instructor for the Industrial Auctioneers Association.


J.J. Puryear
Ventriloquist

The winner of the national amateur ventriloquist contest,.J.J Puryear and his comedy trio have performed for over 500 organizations and 70 different Rotary clubs.

He has entertained audiences all over the Southeast, Canada, Japan and Norway.
He's been the featured opening act for ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham, who is now the most watched comedian on YouTube and Comedy Central.

J.J. and his traveling show have appeared on Good Morning America and numerous local television shows with material suited and customized for the audience at hand, from bikers to surgeons, singles to families, young to old, and hip to geek.

He travels with a cast of characters that he considers his comedic partners: Sam the Redneck Squirrel, Orville the World War Veteran, Pedro the Parrot, Ringo the Cockroach and Edgar the Dodo Bird all help round out his surreal multiple personality show.

J.J is always extremely proud to claim that his first performance ever was at the age of 10 for a Rotary Club Christmas Party.

 

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