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May 27, 2013

Chisholm Trail Municipal Band to warm up for summer season

DUNCAN — Keeping the music going for summer, the Chisholm Trail Municipal Band is looking for participants for its performance season.

Both new and returning participants are invited to the first rehearsal, which is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Duncan High School Band room. Following two more practices, the band will be ready to perform its first concert from 7-9 p.m. June 6 at the gazebo in Fuqua Park.

“Even if you haven’t played for a number of years, dust (your instrument) off and come join us,” said Jeramy Haas, band director. “Anyone in the area can be involved, all we ask is that they be willing to spend a few of hours a couple of times a week for practice.”

Haas said that no sign up is required, just show up to rehearsals, which will take place at 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday except for performance Thursdays. There are three total performances for the summer, which include June 6, June 20 and July 4. Performances depend on the weather and a performance could be rescheduled or canceled if it rains.

Being a part of the band isn’t just for Duncan residents. Haas said that there are several participants from surrounding areas as well and he is looking forward to having high involvement once again.

“Last year was probably our biggest year with about 75 participants throughout the season, which is a good number, and an average of 55 for concerts,” Haas said.

“I have heard from some (previous participants) who said they’re ready to play again, so it’s going to be a good group again I hope. There’s a lot of people looking forward to it.”

Each performance is free to attend and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on out at the gazebo. For a night of relaxation during the summer, Haas said the CTMB concerts are the place to go to hear a variety of music.

“It’s a great activity for the community and it gives more of a feel from a time long ago,” he said. “One of the things I try to do is make it where people enjoy it and can sit there tapping their foot with a smile on their face.”

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