Local band Thirty-Three adds new member

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Shad Tracy (in blue) has joined Thirty-Three as a full-time keyboard player. The band is currently in the studio working on two new original singles.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

The members of the Port St. Joe Christian rock band Thirty-Three always considered themselves to be a tight-knit group.

Now they’ve welcomed a new member to the family.

Keyboard player Shad Tracy has joined as a full-time member and will be tickling the ivories for the band’s upcoming concerts.

Tracy moved to Gulf County two years ago and is in the eighth grade at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. He comes to the band well-prepared, having played the piano since age five.

Why the piano when most kids go for drums, guitars or trombones?

“Mom made me,” Tracy joked.

It was that same mother, Gina Tracy, who was in St. Joe music to purchase a saxophone for her youngest son when she and store owner Tom McEniry got to talking about pianos and Tracy’s talents were revealed.

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