Special Events


Potter School Reception

8 p.m.

Sponsored by the Potter School of Piano Technology

Everyone is welcome to join in this casual gathering. Catch up with old friends and make some new ones. It’s a great way to start off the week. 


Opening Session

7 p.m.

We’ll announce PTG award recipients for 2021 and start the convention with a preview of the outstanding lineup of classes and special activities scheduled for this year. You’ll have an opportunity to win some nice prizes and join in the fun as we launch our 2021 convention.

President’s Welcome Reception

8:30 p.m.

PTG President Paul Adams invites you to join him in a fun-filled evening of food, entertainment and socializing. Everyone is welcome! Enjoy the music of a 5-piece Dixieland/Swing band featuring John DePaola from the Grand Floridian Hotel at Disneyworld. 5x7digital-6422.jpegJohn DePaola has been a full time freelance trumpeter for over 30 years. He lives in Orlando, FL where he has been a member of the Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Jazz Band. He has also been on staff at Walt Disney World since 1987. John has performed with entertainers such as Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Moody Blues, and many others. He has also played for national touring Broadway Shows like West Side Story, Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, The Producers, and Chicago. John has performed at numerous jazz festivals in the US and Europe and leads his own group at jazz venues in Florida. He received a Masters degree in jazz studies from The University of South Florida and is also a member of the newly formed Jazz Orchestra at The Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. You can see his performance schedule and check out his latest C.D. at JohnDePaolamusic.com. See a preview at Fascinating Rhythm - YouTube.


Exhibit Hall Opening

Noon – 4:30 p.m.

Get a first look at many of your favorite suppliers, manufacturers and vendors in the PTG Convention Exhibit Hall. Enter a drawing, consult with a company rep and start shopping. Be sure to stop by the PTG Store.


Great Day in the Park - Day Trip to Winter Park

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  $124 per person 

winterpark.pngSee one of Florida's best kept secrets, the enchanting city of Winter Park, Florida. This quaint town has a rich history as a southern destination for many celebrities and wealthy northerners. Enjoy a guided tour of the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art featuring the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, a walking tour of some of the highlights of the downtown area with its European-feel cafes, shops and brick streets, and lunch on Park Avenue with time for shopping. Your day ends with a relaxing, scenic boat tour through the lakes and canals around Winter Park. You'll see breath-taking mansions as well as local wildlife among natural settings. Fee includes all transportation, museum admissions, lunch, guides and the boat tour. Visit winterpark.org/visitors-guide to learn more about this unique part of Central Florida. Space is limited, so don't wait to purchase your ticket.


8 p.m.

Saxophonist/flutist Daniel Jordan has been an educator and musician since 1976. He has a flexible and common senseDaniel Jordan approach to teaching and playing. He was titled as Florida All State Jazz Band Tenor one for 1976-1977. He has taught at numerous schools including Rollins College and has performed with a multitude of renowned artists such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, The Four Tops, The Temptations and many more. He has performed on New York City Broadway, “Late Night with David Letterman,” and in countless other shows and productions. Daniel and his band will perform selections demonstrating the evolution of jazz over the decades including brief explanations about each piece. They refer to this as a "Jazz Informance."Join us for a special evening concert. Everyone is welcome! View a YouTube video featuring Daniel Jordan on sax and Natalie Cole at youtu.be/enZYm0AhhBY.


Larry Crabb Barbershop Chorus

8 p.m.

Get set for some splendid harmony featuring barbershop standards and some surprises with a PTG-twist. Led by Bill Davis, RPT, this volunteer group has filled the room and charmed PTG convention audiences for over 35 years. Like to sing? You can be a part of this co-ed group. Just sign up when you check in at the PTG Registration Desk.


Golden Hammer Banquet

6 - 7 p.m. Cocktail Hour – cash bar

6 - 7 p.m. Selfie Station

7 p.m. Banquet

Join us as we celebrate this year’s Golden Hammer Award recipient. After a full-course dinner, celebrate this year’s convention and get a sneak peek at our 2022 event. Banquet tickets are included with full registrations. Additional tickets are available for purchase from the PTG Registration Desk.


Chapel Service

8 a.m.

PTG volunteers will be leading a 60-minute non-denominational service of music and inspiration.