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Chris Mangelly
keyboards, accordian

Chis is the son of a prevalent Augusta Georgia musical family. He has performed nationally and internationally as a touring musician (including several cruise lines) with such stars a Red Skelton and David ‘Fathead’ Newman. He has directed orchestras for “Summer Stock Theater” in the Philadelphia area., and is a sought-after solo artist for unique programs with symphony orchestras and various bands, including the Augusta Symphony and with the fusion band “John Doe.”

As the “vision driver” for the Jazz ensemble The Garden City Allstars, Chris became the band’s leader and introduced the first SouthEastern USA community big band jazz ensemble. After working as pianist for the Augusta Jazz Project Big Band, Chris now currently plays with the Channellheimer Oompah Band, with his own group at Augusta’s Historic Partridge Inn, the Augusta Big Band Aggregate (ABBA) and the Rob Foster Jazz Quartet.

He studied at Augusta College and The Philadelphia Music Academy resulting in a degree in performance and composition from the latter in 1971. Chris is the Network Administrator for Augusta Technical College.

Larry Millen
keyboards, composer, conductor

Larry Millen - keyboards, composer, conductor

Larry began playing the piano as a child growing up in New York. He quickly progressed as a young pianist, winning numerous young artist competitions and awards, studying with William Hargrove and Herbert Rogers of the Juilliard School. Larry completed a bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Indiana University, studying with Alberto Reyes and John Keeton, and later finishing a Master’s degree in Music in New York.

While in New York, Larry was the artistic director and conductor of the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra, performing throughout the New York area to considerable acclaim. Larry developed a strong reputation while in New York as a vocal coach, accompanist, chamber music performer, teacher, and conductor.

Later, he pursued a career in medicine, bringing him to Augusta, where he is now working as an endocrinologist. He has appeared with the Augusta Symphony numerous times since his return to Augusta, performing as a pianist with the orchestra, as a soloist with the chamber orchestra, in concert with the chamber players, as soloist on the Appleby series concerts and Westobou festival, and is a regular performer in the area. His compositions have been performed by the Augusta Choral Society and St John Choir.


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