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November 6, 2013

Independent Silver Band plans special concert

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Niepoetter, a Centralia native, approached Reynolds about playing with the band in August, and Reynolds said he “leaped” at the idea.

The Nov. 14 concert will also feature a display of some of Reynolds' antique clarinets. The instruments range in time period from pre-Civil War to around the 1940s.

Reynolds said he hopes school-age children will attend the concert to “broaden their horizons” about what clarinets can do.

The Independent Silver Band performs about twice a month at a variety of locations, usually at historical events.

A few months ago, the group played at the Jefferson County Historical Village. At this show, the band debuted a song based on a poem written by a Civil War soldier from this area — Sgt. William Prosise.

The band's vocalist, Mike Launay, sang the piece and a copy of the song was presented to descendants of Prosise.

The band usually charges for its performances. However, one of the stipulations of using a Marine Band soloist at the Nov. 14 show is it has to be a free concert.

For more information on the band, contact Reynolds at 242-1537.

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