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2/7/2013 Community band to be organized

A community band is being formed for Custer and surrounding counties.

Band members will meet Wednesday nights in the Custer County High School band room from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning February 20.

Leading the community band will be school band instructor Brittan Braddock. “I’ve met so many talented musicians in the short amount of time I’ve been here, and I know there are more of you out there,” said Braddock.

She continued, “This sparked an idea to not only gather community musicians, but to also include my students.”

Braddock noted one of her philosophies as a teacher is to create life-long learners and independent musicians. “I believe playing alongside adults creates a foundation for that type of longevity,” said Braddock.

She also said that playing in community bands has been one of the highlights of her musical life.

“A band consists of winds, brass, and percussion,” said Braddock, so anybody who plays such an instrument that fits within those categories is invited to join. Braddock suggests that the musicians have at least two years of instruction on the instrument, however, she also believes that with effort and practice, skills can be built quickly.

And, for those who don’t have their own instrument, Braddock has a limited number of almost every kind of instrument available for use. Instrument rental is also an option.

For more information, e-mail brittan.braddock@ccbobcats.net, and include the instrument played and experience.