It had been three years since
Last year, the band held an indoor concert, and the two years before that, inclement weather kept the 121-year-old ensemble from gathering in
Some families brought their lawn chairs out onto the grassy park. A few couples reclined on blankets. People who live nearby took to their porches to better hear a few selections from the band.
As the band played,
"I don't go anywhere without a book," said Zepp, who was sitting in a lawn chair with the rest of the assembled crowd. "It's an extension of my arm."
The band's concert has been on Zepp's calendar for months. She said she enjoys listening to music while she reads.
"[The band], they are
Several feet away,
Burkholder, 76, said her interest in bands started when she joined the
"It's good to see a decent size crowd," Burkholder said. "It seems most people who enjoy this kind of music in my age range are dying off."
As the band played a selection of songs from "The Birth of Blues," The Black Jack March," "Yankee Doodle Boy" and "Your Grand Old Flag," some younger members of the audience seemed to perk up as well.
Taylor's interest in the band was passed down by his mother,
"I play the trumpet myself," said Taylor. "It makes me feel happy to play an instrument."
Brame has been around the band since she was about 3. Members of her family were part of the band as well.
"It's a family thing," Brame said. "Because I grew up with it I want [my kids] to experience it as well. It's fun and it's artistic."
The band is mostly made of up older members, but a few young people also are among its ranks.
Miller said the all-volunteer band is always interested in bringing on new members.
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