Martin, Millender make beautiful music

Florida Seafood Festival Queen Morgan Martin and King Retsyo Vance Millender look out over the Carra Photo available for purchase

Florida Seafood Festival Queen Morgan Martin and King Retsyo Vance Millender look out over the Carrabelle River.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 02:42 PM.

Reigning over the golden anniversary of the Florida Seafood Festival this weekend will be two musicians - a young trombone-playing pixie and a young-at-heart bass-playing seafood dealer.

Franklin County High School junior Morgan Martin, 16, has long played first trombone in the Seahawk band, and now leads the musicians as drum major.

Her King Retsyo, Vance Millender, a seafood dealer with deep ties to the industry, plays tenor sax and bass guitar for the rock band Locomotive.

Together, they sound just the right notes - that the seafood industry that is Franklin County’s heritage and lifeblood shall long endure.

“It will go as far as we can take it,” said Martin, daughter of Teresa Ann Martin of Apalachicola and Henry Martin of Destin

“It’s up to the people and what we can do to help and continue to help our industry build,” she said. “It’s really up to the people. I want to believe it will never die out and we can have this festival for the next 50 years.”

Millender is a prime example of the type of people Martin is talking about, a Carrabelle native, grandson to Braxton Millender, who started the business in 1942 and then handed it down to his son Farris Millender.



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