Honoring Ellen Sanchez

Ellen Welters Sanchez was born in 1902 and taught music and grade school in Key West for over 65 years.  The preeminent piano teacher in Bahama Village she was a musical mentor and godmother to many, including the legendary Lofton “Coffee" Butler, Ellen wrote beautiful songs about her island home.  She wrote a song for Harry Truman, “The Beautiful Isle of Key West” and Coffee sang it to President Truman at the dedication of Truman Avenue in 1955.  Ellen passed away in 2007 the day before her 104th birthday.  Ellen’s generous spirit and love of music inspired the Bahama Village Music Program.