Retired Bartow band director John DeYoung has become the 10th band director statewide to be inducted into the Halls of Fame for both the Florida Music Educators' Association and the Florida Bandmasters Association.
You could call Maria Kanyova the reluctant diva. As a college student from Missouri, she studied piano and was bent on a career as a teacher.
Pam Tillis considers Nashville, Tenn., home but said Central Florida will always be special to her.
The Grammy winner, a ninth-generation Floridian, was born in Plant City and still has family in the area.