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And the band plays on

Modified: Saturday, Jun 29th, 2013


In the first photo, a large crowd gathered in Campbell Park Thursday night for a Family Night program. In the next photo, the program included a joint performance by the Huron Municipal Band and Wally Byam Caravan Club International Band. And next, a National Guardsman speaks about the Wounded Warrior Project. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN


HURON — The Huron Municipal Band returned to the band shell at Campbell Park on Thursday alongside the Wally Byam Caravan Club International Band. Conductor of WBCCI, Barbara Lambrecha of El Paso, Texas, said although this won’t be the caravaners’ first time performing together this is the first time the band has coordinated a performance with local musicians.

“We (WBCCI) do a performance each year at different locations but this is the first time we’ve been able to coordinate an effort with the local municipal band,” said Lambrecha.

“Music is so universal, so it is easy for people to come together like this.”

George James, of North Carolina, referred to himself as the band’s “Tuba Taxi,” as his son plays the tuba for WBCCI.

“There are 12 regions that make up the caravan program,” said James.

“Each region has a band so there’s many others in it,” he said of his fellow WBCCI from the eleven other regions.

Greg Hagan, of North Dakota, was the opening act of the night, sang western songs in true cowboy fashion, playing his acoustic guitar while singing for the large audience.

The night wasn’t dedicated solely to musical acts, as the WBCCI paid tribute to veterans and active soldiers while raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit program which aims to help soldiers, as well as their families, assimilate and cope with civilian life after returning from duty.

Two veterans from the community spoke about their personal experiences from being overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and how, aside from what they were exposed to while at war, while away how hard it was for their families. One shared how he was not able to be there when his son was born and served for a year and a half straight, so upon return his son was already six-months of age. The speakers also raised awareness of how many soldiers are having difficulty adjusting after returning home from war. “We have far more wounded warriors than are in the program,” said one veteran, referring to veterans within the state of South Dakota.

After the heartfelt speeches the combined bands performed classic tunes, along with a lively rendition of “As the Saints Go Marching In.” Huron Band Member Travis Halsey, who plays the saxophone, said that this particular song has always been a favorite among all the members.

“The last song, ‘As the Saints Go Marching In,’ is a really fun one to play because everyone gets really into it,” said Halsey.

It was evident that those in attendance, along with the WBCCI, joined in on the fun as well.

The Huron Municipal Band will be doing more performances throughout the summer for Thursday Nights in the Park.

And for those who weren’t able to make it to Thursday’s festivities but want to donate to the Wounded Warriors Project, visit the program’s website, www.woundedwarriorproject.org where donations can be made via online transaction.

For the complete article see the 06-28-2013 issue.

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