Meet the artists who make up the different musical ensembles we offer.
Lawrence “Doc” Probes is a graduate of Interlochen Center for the Arts where he attended both the Camp and Academy. As a bassoonist, he earned his way through medical school playing in symphonies. He plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, piano, concertina, and pennywhistle. He has performed throughout Michigan for more than 30 years and has played in Irish traditional music “sessions” across the country. When not playing music, he serves as a Psychiatrist in Traverse City.
Donna Lea Wilson is the founder of the Grand River Folk Arts Society. She has performed on stages across the state of Michigan in eight ensembles. She plays guitar, mountain dulcimer, bouzouki, autoharp, and bodhran. Over the course of her musical career, she has taught music lessons, written and produced radio jingles, been an impresario, and done extensive studio singing. She holds a B.A. in music and an M.B.A. She served as Director of Special Events for Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Meet the next generation of musicians who join the various ensembles as often as they can.
Kelly Shugart is the daughter of Doc and Donna. She joins the Cherry Blossom Ramblers family band whenever possible. Her beautiful voice won her many lead roles in her high school musicals. She has charmed audiences all over the state with her beautiful smile and expressive musical style. She has served on music worship teams since she was 15. Although music is a passion, she has chosen it as an avocation to her secondary teaching degree in Physics from Hope College.
James Clark Hawley III began his musical career with lessons at age four. He performs regularly with his Dad, Jim Hawley, at venues all over the Traverse City area. Many well known local musicians have noticed his talent and invited him to play with them. He has been part of musical ensembles in high school and college and is a member of Bay Pointe Community Church’s Worship Team. He is studying to be a Physical Therapist at Grand Valley State University.