Merilee began playing clarinet at the age of 11 and added saxophone at the age of 13. During
high school, she was honored with memberships in the Washington State University Honor
Band, Washington All-State Band, All-Northwest Band and the McDonald’s All-American High
School Band. She is Principal Clarinet for the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra and plays on
a regular basis with Spokane Civic Theatre and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, as well as
several high schools in the Spokane area.