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Above left is Donald Lambert, Jr. playing his grandfather Bruce Brannon's violin. To the left are his grandfather, his grandmother Olive (Henline) Brannon, his uncle and his mom Joyce Brannon.
Bruce and Olive Henline Brannon were the parents of Joyce Carole Brannon, also a graduate of Glenville State College with a degree in music. While a student at Glenville State College, Joyce, a gifted pianist and vocalist, was a member of the college orchestra and the college choir. Joyce has taught music in the public schools of West Virginia and has continued her love of music in community choirs and in church music in the Richmond, Virginia area for many years. Joyce has passed her love of music to her son, Donald Lambert, now an officer with the Henrico County, Virginia Police Department. A talented violinist, Donald, has displayed his talents on the violin with community choral groups and churches in the Richmond area. When he was sixteen years of age, Donald was selected to tour Europe with a youth orchestra as a violinist. The instrument Donald played with the orchestra was the violin used by his grandfather, Bruce Brannon, while he was a member of the Glenville State College orchestra and the Buzzardtown Tongue Twisters. Later, Donald was a visiting violinist with the Richmond Choral Society and was featured in concert as a soloist playing “The Arkansas Traveler.”
Musical talents heard by an early generation in the Orlando area have continued to entertain lovers of music of this day throughout this country by the generations which have followed.