Meet The Members Of The Group
David was raised a typical army brat. He was born in Germany and lived around the world, before moving to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he went to Flagstaff High School. While in Germany he took piano lessons, learning the classics from Herr Professor Kitzing, a German music professor. In high school, he was primarily a student athlete. Some of his friends were into the music scene and, in his junior year, he started learning to play the guitar . Folk music was at its zenith, and it became very special to Dave.
School and athletics were his primary focus in college. He played football and wrestled for Brigham Young University and Northern Arizona University. After college, he again turned to his musical interests. He began to play country and bluegrass music with his friends from high school. They got together at least twice a year. Family and career kept music on the back burner.
When Dave retired and moved to Gilbert, Arizona, he devoted a significant amount of time to pursuing his long dormant love of music, as an observer and a performer. He partnered with an old friend, performed as a duo “ Mountain Sage “, and cut 3 CD’s at the Howlin’ Dog studio in Alamosa, Colorado. Sharron “found” Dave at an open mic in Apache Junction, Arizona, and soon after, they began playing music and performing as “Heartsong”. When another musician appeared on the scene, the three began entertaining people as, “Peter, Paul and Mary, Remembered.”
When this happened, Dave’s love of folk music had gone full circle.
Sharron hails from a small farming community just south of St. Louis, MO. She sang on the local radio station at age six, became that small town’s “wedding singer, funeral singer and folk singer”. She was in a “Peter, Paul & Mary” group while still in high school and earned her way through college with a voice scholarship and by singing more folk and rock music.
Sharron began her teaching career as a music teacher in public high schools then decided to get a Master’s Degree in library science. She was a librarian by day and a musician by night, performing with one of Bob Kuban’s bands, “Applause” as a keyboard player/singer of top 40 tunes.
As the years ticked by, she finished almost all the course work toward a doctorate but stopped short when she realized that music was more fun than academia. She threw away the books, retired from teaching and started making music full time, playing in the band, providing background vocals in recording studios and even singing classical music with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and other orchestral/choral groups.
Sharron moved to Arizona in 2007 and immediately began to meet musicians who also wanted to play again. As she met more “snowbirds” and other retirees, it occurred to her that they might like to hear some of the music that brings back the memories of their youth. She started looking for a “Paul” and a “Peter” and suddenly there was a trio! Then audiences began to enjoy stepping back in time; the word spread and now every performance is a joy for “Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered”.
For more than thirty years, Dr. Martin Province has conducted a wide range of ensembles including choirs, orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles. He served on the faculties of the University of Colorado and Arizona State, Iowa State and Wake Forest (NC) Universities. Prior to his tenure with university ensembles, he served in the public schools of North Carolina and Colorado, teaching chorus, band, and general music to students in elementary, junior, and senior high schools. His ensembles have received accolades from and premiered works by such composers as Karel Husa, Michael Torke, Hyo-shin Na, Frank Ticheli, David Maslanka, Charles Young, Roger Cichy, and Daron Hagen. He is currently Music Director at the First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, and Director of Orchestras and Jazz Band at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona.
Dr. Province holds both a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Wake Forest University.
As a performer, Dr. Province has played percussion with the Winston-Salem (NC) Symphony, the Governor's School of NC Symphony, and the Wilkes County (NC) Symphony as well as with the Faculty Chamber Ensemble at the University of Colorado. He has been a member of the tenor section of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and entertains, singing and accompanying himself on banjo, guitar, autoharp, and other folk instruments as a solo performer as well as with Peter, Paul, and Mary Remembered, at events throughout the East Valley.