Published DateMEREDITH — A good leader "makes the difference". That has certainly been the case for the Lakes Region
Symphony Orchestra, a regional community orchestra located in Meredith.
The LRSO was originally sponsored by the New Hampshire Music Festival, offering musicians in the
community an opportunity to gather during the winter months to play music through the Laconia Adult Education program.
As the number of amateur and professional musicians expanded, it was decided that a re-organization to a separate non-profit organization was necessary. In the spring of 1988, a board of directors, consisting of several dedicated orchestra members was formed. Out of the love for music, they created the framework for the community orchestra as it is today.
Over the years the LRSO has been very fortunate to have had several dedicated board chairmen.
Since 2007, Chris Mega, a Meredith resident and pianist with the orchestra for many years, served as board chairman. Mega brought many talents to the board as organizer, artistic enhancer, and provided beneficial financial direction to the orchestra. Due to his many other commitments, Mega recently made the difficult decision to step down as chairman.
This winter, the search committee spent several months interviewing a number of candidates for the chairman position of the LRSO Board of Directors and has selected Brandt Denniston, a resident of Springfield.
Deniston brings to the board a love of music and a history of service to his country and his community. He comes from a banking family that has been a lifelong patron of the Mobile (AL) Symphony. As an adult he served as a Marine Corps officer in Vietnam. Deniston later obtained his master's degree and joined the business world and was hired by IBM.
He is married to Donna Denniston, the principal cellist of the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra. They have three grown sons. Two have advanced degrees in Music Performance and one earned his PhD in Psychology.
During Deniston''s years as a business man and a family man, he found time to be a Scout leader and worked to raise funds to support the Bergen (NJ) Youth Orchestra, the Ridgewood (NJ) Symphony Orchestra and the Ridgewood High School Marching Band.
In his current hometown of Springfield, he has served on the municipal budget committee for the Kearsarge Regional School District, has been treasurer of the historical society and the town recreation committee. He is currently working on the town capital improvement program.
Brandt Denniston (Courtesy photo)