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Dave Farber is a versatile musician who began as a self-taught trumpet player. He also plays baritone, trombone, keyboards, recorder and guitar.

When Dave Farber convinced his wife Linda to take a two-hour side trip during their vacation in Gatlinburg, the idea of moving hadn’t occurred to either of them. 

The side trip was to visit his cousin, Keith Farber, who was living in Fairfield Glade at that time. Keith gave Dave and Linda a tour of the area, and Linda fell in love.

We are moving here,” she told Dave on their way back to Gatlinburg.

Now, the couple is at home in Fairfield Glade, and Dave Farber is a member of the Cumberland County Community Band, where he and other members will showcase their talents in a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Stone Memorial High School auditorium, Crossville. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Farber is also a member of the Community Band’s auxiliary German Band, which performs throughout the year upon request. 

He was born and raised in Bowmanstown, PA, where he attended Palmerton High School. One day a member of the Bensalem Concert Band handed him a trumpet and a book and told to learn to play the instrument. The self-taught trumpet player was 12 years old at the time.

The introduction to trumpet was only a beginning. Farber also plays baritone, trombone, keyboards, recorder and guitar. He has sung in church choirs since age 15. 

He has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, where he served first as assistant director and later director. Farber was asked to join the all-male Tuneful 10 choral group.

While in college, Farber was a member of the Muhlenberg College Choir, concert band, marching band, and jazz band. He has played in small combos. He was also a member of the 243 Army Band (Pennsylvania National Guard unit) for many years. He auditioned for and was accepted into the Whitehouse Wind Symphony in New Jersey.

As a child Farber considered three career paths — professional trumpet player, Lutheran minister or mathematician. He has degrees from several colleges, mostly in the areas of math and science. Throughout his career he has tried to weave all three interests together.

Farber began teaching at age 23 in Hunterdon County, NJ. He taught at both the high school and college levels and chaired the Math Department during his career at Voorhees High School in New Jersey.

Beyond his teaching career, Farber took part in national projects utilizing skills of teachers from almost every state. Some of these projects included data analysis, discrete mathematics, Advanced Placement calculus and math SATs. 

In the field of data analysis, participants wrote materials that were included student math textbooks distributed throughout the country. They also conducted workshops throughout the nation for high school and middle school educators over a five-year period, beginning at Rutgers University.

For several years Farber assisted in grading the essay portion of AP calculus tests. He worked for Educational Testing Service developing math SATs. He also reviewed and revised the tests, writing more than 1,000 questions over the course of one summer.

Other interests include church-related activities. He has been a youth group adviser, choir member and cantor. Farber has participated in several musical groups for praise services. He has served as a Stephen Minister for the last 17 years and has worked in many projects to help less-fortunate people.

Cumberland County Community Band rehearses at 6 p.m. each Tuesday in Stone Memorial High School. Call Nancy Mitchell at 931-202-1326 for details.

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