Valencia President Sandy Shugart to Play Benefit Concert at Garden Theatre

Orlando, FL – Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia College, and his band will play a benefit concert on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. at the historic Garden Theatre in Winter Garden.

Tickets are $25 each, but are $15 with a Valencia ID.  Tickets can be purchased at

The proceeds from the concert will support the Garden Theater in its partnership with Valencia College’s arts programs.

Shugart, who has served as Valencia’s president since 2000, taught himself to play guitar at age 10 and later attended the University of North Carolina, where he played in coffeehouses, and was influenced by musicians such as Livingston Taylor, the folk-singer brother of James Taylor.

Although he now leads one of the nation’s largest two-year colleges, Shugart continues to make time for music. He has performed in acoustic and folk-rock venues in California, Texas, the Midwest and Canada. In recent years, he has combined his musical life as a singer-songwriter with his speaking life as an academic, weaving songs and poems into his speeches.

His latest CD, “Distances We Keep,” was recently released on FlatFoot Records, a label operated by students in Valencia’s Music and Sound Technology program. The disc features nine songs, most self-written, and several covers, including Jimmy Webb’s pop ballad “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.”

Over the past 10 years, Shugart has recorded three other CDs, which have been recorded and engineered by Valencia’s FlatFoot Records.

Shugart, who calls his music “urban folk,” plays acoustic guitar and sings. His band includes fiddler Jason Thomas, bass guitarist Dan Minkler and Stu Kinniburgh on mandolin.


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