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Band kicks off season

June 12, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN

Some tapped the beats on the arms of their lawn chairs. Others moved their feet with the music.

But the Hagerstown Municipal Band's performance Sunday at City Park had a whole different sound for the many musicians in the crowd of about 200.

Sandy Dunkle of Greencastle, Pa., who attended the concert with her husband, Bob Dunkle, plays the trumpet. She said the couple is familiar with some of the songs the band plays.

"If I know the song, I'll listen for my parts," Sandy Dunkle said. "They usually get it right. We don't always."

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The Dunkles perform with the Mercersburg (Pa.) Community Band.

Sunday evening's performance kicked off the Hagerstown Municipal Band's 92nd season of free music at City Park.

The Dunkles said they have a lot of respect for the musicians and know some of them through their involvement with area bands.

Brendan Carter, 13, of State Line, Pa., has played the trumpet for almost four years and said his instructor, who performed a solo during Sunday night's concert, suggested he attend.

He was there with his mother, Lyn Carter, and her nephew, Cameron Burkholder, 5.

Brendan said he plays in a school and church band, and enjoyed listening to the music at City Park. He said his instructor told him to listen for the trumpet in all of the songs.

"I can pick it out, and listen for it," he said.

Judy Bohner has been watching her husband, Neil, perform with the Hagerstown Municipal Band for about 30 years. She was there Sunday with her 20-year-old daughter, Kristen. Judy Bohner said she will be at all of the band's concerts at the park.

"It's unusual if I miss," she said.

The Dunkles said they've been to the concerts at the park for 10 or 15 years. "We try to get to as many as we can," Sandy Dunkle said. "It's a nice setting."

Scott and Debbie Hoffman, both of Hagerstown, called the concerts one of their summer traditions. "It's a nice way to end a Sunday," she said.

Charles Ridenour of Hagerstown said he and his wife, Helen, enjoy the good music and the chance to relax.

"You can relax. It's casual. You have a good band and good music," he said. "You get a variety ..."

Charles Ridenour is also a member of the Hagerstown Elks Lodge, which held a Flag Day ceremony before Sunday's concert. Fourteen members of Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 2 held flags during the ceremony.

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