Kimberlee Aliapouliios has been a member of the Tropical Flutes from its inception in 2005. In 2012, Kimberlee became the Flute Choir Director. She is the Associate Band Director at the King’s Academy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education specializing in Leadership, a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, a Florida Teaching Certificate, and is an active member of FMEA/FBA/FOA/MENC/NFA. Kimberlee has taught Middle School Band in the Palm Beach County Public Schools, The Master’s Musicians Homeschool Band and Lynchburg City Schools in Virginia. Kimberlee is an active flute player at Lakeside Presbyterian. She has performed with the Choral Society of the Palm Beaches, Lynchburg Symphony, Thomas Road Baptist Church Orchestra, North Palm Beach Presbyterian Praise Team & Orchestra, and First Baptist Church of Sarasota Orchestra. She also plays on many various occasions such as: weddings, funerals and special music. Kimberlee is married to Mark and they have six children. Kimberlee loves to travel, play sports and read, studies various new instruments and music.
Laura Putman started playing flute in middle school, and she took lessons with Parker Taylor. She stayed active in the orchestra, band, and the stage/Jazz band at Pompano Beach HS. In her Junior year, she was chosen to join The Young American Musicians Abroad who toured in England, Belgium, Holland and Germany, as well as playing at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in concerts with the renowned organist, Diane Bish. She married and had a son, and it was another 20 years until she picked up the flute again. Laura is the founder of the Tropical Flute Choir, inspired by Sara Stout and the season she played in the Flutopia Flute Choir. Her focus for the group is to share their talents, and love of music with others.
Ellen DiMarco earned a chair in the Michigan All-State Junior High Band and studied at Interlochen Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. She is a Realtor with Bluffs Real Estate and her husband Rick DiMarco is owner/veterinarian at Bluffs Animal Hospital in Juno Beach. She is currently studying improvisation on C flute with Rodney Rossell at Jupiter Music. She occasionally sits in with him at venues such as Vin 21 in Jupiter. Her musical influences include James Galway, Ian Anderson, Hubert Laws, Buddy Guy, and Eric Culberson.
Dr.Robin A. Sykes started playing the flute and piccolo (as well as piano and singing) in middle school and high school in McKeesport Pennsylvania. She only dabbled in music for the next 30 years while attending college (Wells College) and Medical School (Johns Hopkins), doing her residencies, getting married, and having and raising 2 children. Her husband, Tom Rowe, plays bass guitar; her son, the trumpet, and her daughter sings opera and writes music. Her parents were also very musically involved, father playing drums in several local concert bands in the past, and mother has been choir member and director. She started playing flute again 10 years ago (while wearing braces) for the First Presbyterian Church in Tequesta, going on to play in several rock bands on the flute, keyboard, and vocals. She is largely self-taught. Currently she plays in the Palm Beach Gardens Concert band (flute and piccolo), and in Tropical Flutes, and is in the hand bell choir at Tequesta Presbyterian.
She also works to promote bands in the Jupiter public schools through the Jupiter Performing Arts Fund, and is on the board of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society. She continues to work full time as a Plastic Surgeon in the Jupiter area.
Terri Hughes – C flute
Kim Van Z – C flute
Virginia Barley – C flute
Louise Eckman resumed playing the flute after her children grew up. As a teenager, she had studied with R. Nyfenger at the Cleveland (OH) Music Institute, and played in a local band and orchestra. After taking up the flute again in her mature years, she began studying with W. Kumer at the Flute Academy in Pittsburgh, PA, and playing with the City Flutes – the flute choir of the Academy. She played solos with the Pittsburgh Flute Club, and joined the Tuesday Musical Club where she plays chamber music. Louise also had a vocal career with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh under the direction of B. Allred. She sang with this choral group for ten years. Louise is a retired educational psychologist who consulted with parents, teachers and students about learning concerns; she also taught at Penn State University
Lynda Chiriboga began playing flute in 9th grade and then went on to play at Liberty University. My experience includes concert band, marching band, orchestra, and musicals. I have performed for Liberty University, Thomas Road Baptist Church, University of California, and Grace Baptist Church/Highlands Christian Academy. I also teach flute lessons. I have 4 children with my late husband whom I met at Liberty University. I am a Director with The Pampered Chef. I also substitute teach at Highlands Christian Academy. I am happy and excited to be a part of the Tropical Flutes.