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Community Band Looking To Recruit New Members

By Steve Rensberry, Editor

The Troy Community Band is looking to recruit new players, Band Director John Malvin said last week, as it continues to plan for a number of upcoming performances this year, including at area homecomings and at special holiday services, such as on Memorial Day.

The band, which currently has about 24 members, also plays at other venues such as at retirement or nursing homes, and is available for special events.

A Memorial Day performance is set for 10 a.m. on May 27, followed by a June 28 concert at Tri-Township Park — either at the Gazebo or inside the Wiesemeyer Center.

The special June 28 concert will be dedicated to former director Bob Rogier, who recently passed away. A former Triad School District Superintendent, Rogier directed the band from about 1990 to 2015. He also served as interim director for the Triad High School Band for a period of time, Malvin said.

Malvin said they generally perform about 5-6 times each year, and work hard to make participation as easy and fun as possible for musicians.

“No auditions are necessary,” he said, giving examples of some musicians who first entertained doubts about their abilities, having been away from playing for a while, only to be pleasantly surprised after they joined.

Rehearsals are held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights at the Wakeland Center at Silver Creek Elementary School, located at 205 N. Dewey St., in Troy. The band takes a break after its Christmas concert in  early December to April.

Anyone who is interested is urged to call John Malvin at 618-346-2148, or at 972-9059.

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