July 14, 2015
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Published July 13, 2015
By: Ryan Dailey
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McKinney and other participants in the Wakulla Work Camp's Music Therapy Program had been using their natural musical abilities, some refined and some less polished, rehearsing for three months in preparation for Monday's lively choral performance.
Dubbed the Behind the Wire Choir, the group consists of about 20 inmates. A full band, including piano and keyboard, bass and electric guitarists, three acoustic guitars and a drummer, provided a musical canvas for the chorus.
Segall is the driving force behind the Music Therapy Program's creation. Segall, who holds bachelor and master's degrees in vocal performance, introduced a level of mastery to a group of mixed musical backgrounds and talents.
"The administration is fantastic," Segall said. "As much as I've been thanked for my involvement, none of this would happen without the Department of Corrections being so supportive."
"This program builds the courage to get up in front of their classmates, fellow inmates and guests and perform."
Warden James Coker was on hand to lend encouraging words to the program in a closing statement.
"I've been doing this for 30 years," Coker said. "This is the first program I've seen at a work camp like this.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.