David Seering — the man and his music

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 02:44 PM.

A presidential performer

Through the years, Seering had a six-year career as lead vocalist and master of ceremonies for the U.S. Army Forces Command Band,  made guest appearances with numerous symphonies, including the Atlanta “Pops” Orchestra, USC Symphony Orchestra and Northwest Florida Symphony. He has also performed with such greats at Robert Goulet, Helen Reddy, Phyllis Diller, Mickey Gilley, Mickey Rooney and B.J. Thomas. He also did the musical accompaniment for the motion pictures "Baton Rouge" and "Cousins."

One of Seering's favorite performances, however, was at the 80th birthday celebration for former president Ronald Reagan in Atlanta in 1991.

"Mrs. Reagan requested we sing his favorite song to him, 'It Had To Be You,' and we did," Seering said.  "Afterwards I had the honor of sitting with the president, and I told him that being in the Army band for six years while he was my commander in chief was one of my biggest honors in my life. He stood up, saluted me and said in his great voice, 'Thank you for your service, soldier'. Choked me up, as it still does today, when I am reminded of that very special performance."

Seering also performed, by invitation, for President Jimmy Carter and at an inauguration gala in 2001 for George W. Bush, as well as for former Georgia Gov. Joe Frank Harris and Gov. Mike Foster of Louisiana.

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In 1997, Seering made the move to Destin and was hired by Cary and Marilyn Shahid to work full time at The Ocean Club.

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