Gospel flows from New River

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM.

“Steve is a principal and founding owner of TSA Consulting Group providing consulting services to public school districts nationwide,” Liufau said. “I’m just your friendly neighborhood State Farm agent.”

Group dynamics began to change, and Paul Whittlesey replaced Alden.

“Paul and Reed sang together in the barbershop chorus and Paul ultimately took over as director for the barbershop organization,” Liufau said. “He was and is very active with Niceville UMC and their music program.”

When Sampson left the group, Ray Navitsky replaced him.

“When I was chamber president we hired Ray as our chamber director,” Liufau said. “He had been a longtime member of a mixed quartet when he was in Stuart. I believe his quartet consisted of two men and two women. Ray, now retired, lives in the Villages.”

After Navitsky left, the group was inactive for some time, although Navitsky would return from time to time for performances at the Sounds of the Season in the mid-2000s.

“When Kim Cannon came on board in 2006, Steve Banks mentioned the group’s existence,” Liufau said. “Ken was recruited as our bass — and voila. New River renewed!”

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