The Outta Sight Band from the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will have its annual year-end dinner and performance at Creekside Restaurant Wednesday, with the program at about 7 p.m. following dinner served to the group at 5 p.m.
“The Creekside people have always been more than generous to our students and this year is no exception. It’s far too easy to overlook what some local businesses do behind the scenes, and in the past I have been remiss in not bringing this event to the public’s attention before the fact,” says Bill Sabo, director of the group.
About a dozen students and several chaperones will be in attendance, says Sabo. “There is no formalized program, but the band does pretty much what they learned during the course of a year — and some things they have not learned.”
Some of the songs on the program may include “Folsom prison Blues,” “Teenager in Love,” “Georgia,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me,” “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Soul Man,” “That’ll be the Day,” “Respect” and “Rhiannon.”
The staff, adds Sabo, may also do some songs. In addition to Sabo the staff includes Elizabeth Roth, Jim Carpenter, Gary Bunt and Jerry Michaelson.
Outta Sight students are primarily from the blind department, although the group has also incorporated middle school students from time to time. Currently, one of the drummers (Trent Ferguson) is from the middle school.
This is OS 18th year. Students come from throughout the state and the music is as varied as their backgrounds. Country, folk, rock, classic, Hispanic, and music so new it hasn’t even been written yet.
Generally the students introduce a song to the instructors who then work with them cleaning it up and putting it on stage. Instructors will also suggest songs that they think will work to the benefit of Outta Sight.
During its existence, OS has had 3 valedictorians and 3 salutatorians.
Members of the group include Brian Adkins, Trevor Johnson, Trent Ferguson, Leon Stewart, Robbie Elkins, Sarah Knob, Hilary Reed, Gracie Delong and Kathleen Rosado Cruz.
Story orignially reported in St. Augustine Record (May 19, 2013) – http://staugustine.com/living/sunday-life/2013-05-18/outta-sight-creekside-wednesday#.UZoVK-s8zpt