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Barbara Rubenstein was born on June 23 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Littlestown High School where she was Valedictorian, Adams County's Junior Miss and winner of numerous Pennsylvania State Baton Twirling Championships. Barbara was musically trained at Ithaca College's School of Music with a degree in Music Education as a clarinet major. Her 34-year teaching career included positions as an instrumental music teacher and band/orchestra director in Dallas, Texas, Rochester, NY, and her last 30 years prior to retirement in Victor, New York. In addition to teaching concert, jazz, and marching band, adjudication preparation, and conducting musical productions, she was the Coordinator of the District Music Department and supervised student teachers for 25 years. Barbara is a member of NAFME, NYSSMA, and FMEA. She is a life member of Sigma Alpha Iota and an honorary member of Tri-M. From 2006-2011, she served on NYSSMA's Executive Council as Zone Representative of the Genesee Region, acting as a liaison between local teachers and the state council, and overseeing adjudication festivals and All-State concerts for nine counties. She and her husband, Todd, moved to Palm Beach County in 2013, and have three grown children. Locally, she has performed with the Royal Palm Beach Community Band where she served as Associate Conductor (2014-2016), and the New Gardens Band, acting as interim/substitute and guest conductor (2014-2017). In 2017, she assumed the position of Music Director of the Boynton Beach Gold Coast Band.