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November 19, 2010

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Jazz Musician Bob Snyder donates a baritone saxophone to The Baptist College of Florida (Pictured L-R: Bill Davis, Jan Snyder, Ron Branning, Bob Snyder and BCF President Tom Kinchen).

The Music and Worship Division of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville was the recent recipient of a baritone saxophone donated by legendary musician and local artists Bob Snyder and his wife Jan.

The prestigious instrument was presented to BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, Music and Worship Division Chair Bill Davis, and Associate Professor of Music Ron Branning after Snyder became keenly aware of the need for a baritone saxophone in the saxophone section of the BCF Jazz Band.

"It is such a blessing to have Bob and Jan in our community. They are a wonderful resource for our students here at BCF, and an invaluable asset to our ensembles," stated Professor Branning. "We are so grateful, not only for the opportunity to work with someone of Bob's caliber, but to be the recipient of all the generosity and support that Bob and Jan so graciously give to us."

Snyder is a retired professional jazz musician having played with the U.S. Air Force "Airmen of Note." A studio musician in Detroit during the famous "Motown" days of the 1960s, he has played with the crème de le crème of the jazz world over the years. Snyder also served as the orchestra leader for the world-class resort, The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island, Michigan, for many years.

Snyder and his wife Jan have retired and live in Graceville. They continue to be a tremendous influence on both young and seasoned musicians in the area. They formed a musical instrument group "The Piano Road Band" which is made up of 30-40 students from area schools that meet weekly at their home and perform regularly in the community. Bob is often asked to help teach in area school band programs, and is a regular member of the instrumental ensembles at BCF, including the College Winds, Orchestra, and a featured soloist in the BCF Jazz Ensemble.