About the BBCO Founders

At the suggestion of Ginny Densmore, a retired elementary music teacher and clarinetist, Waldie Anderson co-founded the Big Bend Community Orchestra with her in the spring of 1994 and was the conductor of the orchestra until 2004. He had retired to Tallahassee in 1990 after an impressive career in music performance (bassoonist and tenor solosist) and music education. Another great contribution to our community was his creation of “The Artist Series of Tallahassee” in 1995. He was concerned that a university town and capital of a state had not had an artist series since FSU dropped it after many years, and wanted to provide world class classical music to our community. He also initiated the Artist in Residence program which reaches hundreds of school children. Mr. Anderson was tireless in his efforts to champion all of the arts in our community and definitely made a positive mark on our community. He passed away on May 22, 2011 and is greatly missed by many. The BBCO’s 2011-2012 season was dedicated to him and the orchestra played many of his favorite orchestral works.

The BBCO was saddened to learn of Dr. Carolyn Bridger’s passing in November 2014. Dr. Bridger was very important to the founding of the Orchestra. In Loving Memory Dr. Carolyn Bridger