Plant City High School Alumnus and Trumpeter Returns to Florida for Special Performance

by Madonna

LAKELAND, FL – Dr. Chuck Seipp, a distinguished alumnus of Plant City High School’s Class of 1975, has chosen a different path from most high school musicians. While many put away their instruments after graduation, Seipp, a talented trumpeter, has cultivated a lifelong career in music. Now, he’s returning to Florida for a unique performance alongside accomplished organist Randall Sheets.

Chuck Seipp and Randall Sheets, collectively known as the Seipp/Sheets Trumpet & Organ Duo, will be gracing the stage at the First United Methodist Church, situated at 72 Lake Morton Drive in Lakeland. The performance is scheduled for Sunday, November 5th, at 4 p.m. The event promises an extraordinary musical experience that showcases the synergy between trumpet and organ.


Reflecting on his high school days, Seipp fondly recalled the influence of Plant City High School’s band director, John Kroeze, stating, “It was a great experience.” His journey took him beyond high school to the University of Kansas, where he initially contemplated following in his brothers’ footsteps. “They studied music then went on to become college professors,” he explained.


However, Seipp’s passion for performing soon outweighed his inclination for teaching. This desire led him to a remarkable 32-year career in the U.S. Army, where he became an integral part of the renowned United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” stationed in Washington, D.C. During his tenure, Seipp showcased his talents with various ensembles, including the Concert Band, Orchestra, Ceremonial Band, Herald Trumpets, and The Army Brass Quintet, while also being featured as a soloist. He retired as a distinguished Sergeant Major.


Seipp’s remarkable career allowed him to perform at national, presidential, and historically significant world events, as well as concerts and special occasions in the nation’s capital. Notable highlights include participating in the opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and performing at both of President Ronald Reagan’s inaugural parades, as well as in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda during his state funeral. “We were in the backdrop of history,” Seipp humbly acknowledged.

One of the most poignant moments in his career came in the aftermath of 9/11 when the band traveled to New York City to perform at Lincoln Center. “It was the most electric feeling I’ve ever been involved with,” Seipp emphasized. “The country needed patriotism, and it was the most amazing feeling I’ve ever felt in my life.”

The day following their Lincoln Center performance, the band paid their respects by performing at ground zero. Seipp noted that these experiences are unique to musicians in military bands in Washington, D.C.

In recent years, Seipp and Sheets have been enchanting audiences across America, delivering as many as 25 programs annually for church concert series, universities, and organ guild chapters. Their performances are characterized by a deep sense of patriotism, inspired by Seipp’s military service. “It was an honor performing in the military, and something I’m very proud of,” he remarked. “That’s what I try to bring to our concerts.”

The upcoming community program, enriched with specialized visual elements, includes five patriotic selections, promising an unforgettable musical journey.

Tickets for this exceptional concert are available at just $7 per person and can be purchased through a link on the church’s website. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the extraordinary talents of Dr. Chuck Seipp and Randall Sheets as they grace the stage in Lakeland.


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