Coleman Burgess, clarinet
Dr. Coleman Burgess has been a life-long resident of North Carolina. He’s been in dental practice here since 1986, with a busy practice on 16th Street in Wilmington. He is also a volunteer dentist at the Tileston Outreach Dental Clinic, and St. Mary’s Dental and Medical Clinic.
A man of many talents, he enjoys, music, boating, skiing, and camping. Dr. Burgess loves North Carolina and is an active member of the community. He is a member of the Rotary Club and serves on the classification committee. Currently he is the principal clarinetist for the Wilmington Symphony, where he has also served on the board of directors as well as the player’s committee. Combining his musical interests with his faith, he is a choir member at St. James Episcopal Church where he also serves on the music committee.
Dr. Burgess loves his dog Chip. Twice a week he brings him into the office to give both him and the patients some companionship.
Here's an interview with Coleman in June 2020:
What instrument(s) do you play?
How long have you played your instrument(s)?
How long have you been a Wilmington Symphony Orchestra musician?
What do you do for a career?
Dentist in Wilmington NC
Where did you grow up?
What is your favorite song, artist, and/or musical memory?
Playing Mozart Parto Parto Ma To Ben Mio with the concerto winner soloist.
Favorite meal or restaurant?
Caprice Bistro escargot and trout... or maybe duck...or maybe steak frites... or maybe mussels...
What is your favorite vacation?
Africa photo safari in Tanzania.
You're stuck on a desert island... What book, music/album/artist and/or movie do you want with you??
What's your pet situation?
He is spoiled rotten, always happy and happy to go on a walk or “check the mail”.
What do you want people to know about the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra?
We are basically all volunteers, trying hard to produce enjoyable music with a local flair.
How are you keeping yourself occupied while being at home all day?
Dental continuing education with some solo playing and practice.
Any words of wisdom to help others through this pandemic?
This will not defeat us and our friends and family are so important. Stay future focused, but enjoy each day we are given.
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