Deanna DeeDee Kestler
Deanna, or DeeDee as she is better known, joined Spirit of the Gulf as a full-time director in March 2017, taking on co-directing responsibilities along with Mike Slamka. A 12-year member of Spirit of the Gulf Chorus, DeeDee served as Associate Director for eight years. She was also appointed to the Sweet Adelines International Music Faculty in April 2017.
DeeDee is a member of Bling! — 2015 Sweet Adelines International Champion Quartet. Their a cappella journey began in the summer of 2009 with four friends that love to ring those barbershop chords. Though barbershop is where their roots begin, they enjoy singing many other styles of music from contemporary to jazz to broadway. In the last five years, Bling! has earned many titles including 2010 Region 9 Champions and most improved quartet and 2011 novice quartet winners. Bling! placed 2nd in the world at the Sweet Adelines International competition in both 2012 and 2013 before bringing home the gold in Baltimore in 2014!
DeeDee, who lives in Plantation, FL, is married to James Kastler, director of South Florida Jubilee Chorus, and has two boys. She is a music educator at Cooper City Elementary School in the Broward County School District.