The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band
Meet Our Musicians--Band Member Bios
Name: Sandy Burrell
Sandy Burrell grew up in Torrance, California, where she began playing flute in fifth grade. But the flute was not her first musical experience. “Before that I played accordion, which was my first instrument,” she said. Sandy played flute in the marching band at North High School in Torrance. “I was also a ‘banner girl’ (carried the banner in front of the band),” she recalled.
After high school, Sandy attended UCLA, and played piccolo in the UCLA Marching Band, where she got to march in the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl in 1976 …. (can you pick her out?)
(Unfortunately this picture is very small. You probably can't find a shy flute player anywhere, anyway.)
Maybe you can find her in the band’s Rose Bowl program…..
Sandy no longer plays accordion, but she continues to pursue her musical interests by teaching private music lessons in her home studio. She teaches flute, violin, pennywhistle and piano to a variety of students from all ages.
Sandy also directs the handbell choir at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Longmont. She plays flute in the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band, and plays violin in the Campus Orchestra at CU.
Her favorite band experience was “traveling up north in California to an away game, either at Stanford or Cal Berkeley, with the UCLA Marching Band. Oh, the joys of a Band bus trip! I learned lots of songs and made great friends.”
Sandy and her husband Brian have lived in Niwot for over 30 years, raising four children, who have blessed them with three grandchildren.
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