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Emporia Municipal Band

In June and July, every Thursday evening folks gather in Fremont Park in Emporia, Kansas. Some lounge in lawn chairs or on blankets. Others choose to stand in the clear air of the Heartland. All come to hear the Emporia Municipal Band (EMB) play a free concert as it has done since the 1940s. A white gazebo, rebuilt a few years back by Emporia State Bank, looks just like the original one that stood there in the early part of the twentieth century. Unlike the first gazebo, the new
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The Skirts: Many Moons

The Skirts are a local band in the Emporia, Kansas area. As you might suspect, their members are all-female, but their sound is too mature to be labeled "all-girl." They embody a unique, traditional country sound with a strong bluegrass influence. This is not a pop-country band by any stretch. The songs have strong lyrics and the musicianship is wonderful. I could write a lot more about how great they are, but the better choice is to give it a listen. Click this link below and discover this great band for yourself. You won't be disappointed! [https://www.cdbaby.com/m/cd/theskirts1/ManyMoons](http://) For those of you fortunate to live in this part of the country, The Skirts will be celebrating Chase County Earth Day on Sunday the 24th in Cottonwood Falls. They will perform outside at the Millstream Motel, from 2:00 - 6:00 PM. It's a free afternoon festival.
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People in Hell Want a Drink of Water

I went to college in the 1980s, which had to be the best decade to be a college student. The turmoil of the 1960s and 1970s had ended and the country just seemed like it was in the mood for odd music and great parties. In the early part of the decade, I found myself majoring in music education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. “Nac” is a beautiful, east Texas town, full of old growth trees and lots of interesting history, such as its name. Stephen F. Austin was the father of Texas and our beloved school was named after him. We felt a lot of pride about that and we still do.
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My Naissance

I was intrigued when an aging, redheaded World War II Paratrooper Veteran, named Doug Wallace, Jr., came to my Elementary school. He was the Junior High band director and he invited the fifth grade class to join the band the next year. Mr. Wallace brought lots of shiny, new instruments that day and demonstrated most of them. The flute alone held my attention: my eyes went to it as if seeing my soul mate for the very first time. It was not a palpitation-inducing love at first sight; it was a gripping bond, quietly and subtly taking hold in my spirit.
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