Fred Case (clarinet, soprano sax and leader) started saxophone lessons at the age of nine, and then clarinet at the age of thirteen. At age 18, he became the youngest member of the United States Marine Band (“The President’s Own”) in Washington D.C., performing regularly for numerous administrations of seven presidents.
In Florida, he performed with the Walt Disney World Band and for many years led the Goodtimes Dixieland Jazz Band based in Winter Garden. He first appeared at the Jazz Festival with the Stetson University Big Band doing a tribute to Benny Goodman in 2008. Fred and the band entertained at the Jazz Festival three times, 2012, 2013 and 2016.