Our Endowed Chairs

The Dr. Dale Blackwell Endowed Chair, Principal Trumpet

In January 2008, the Board of Directors of the First Coast Wind Symphony created the first Endowed Chair in honor of Dr. Dale Blackwell, who was a founding leader of the First Coast Wind Symphony and served as co-conductor for 20 years. Dr. Blackwell is a nationally renowned trumpet performer and he is regarded as one of Florida's great bandsmen. In recognition of Dale's lifelong commitment to the Jacksonville community, this chair was funded by many donations big and small, reflecting the many people he has influenced as a performer, conductor, teacher and friend.