Carmians will have a chance to see former Carmi resident Rob Endicott at the Chamber of Commerce Winter Gala on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Carmi Elks Lodge. There will be dinner at 6 p.m.and dancing and the event is semi formal. Endicott will perform, along with drummer Montez Coleman, guitarist Eric Slaughter, bass player Bob Deboo and keyboardist Adam Mannis, all from the St. Louis area. The performance will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available by contacting the Chamber of Commerce office at 618-382-7606 or by contacting any Chamber of Commerce Board member. A general admission ticket for $10 is also available for the entertainment portion of the evening after 7 p.m.
The youngest of three children, raised by Martha and Sam Endicott (a World War II veteran who was stationed in the Ardennes Forest prior to the Battle of the Bulge), young Rob started playing the trumpet in elementary school. After graduating from Carmi, Endicott got a music degree from the University of Illinois before embarking on the challenge of a lifetime by attending Juilliard.