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Old friends play music together again on Winchester, Va., courthouse steps

January 29, 2013
  • From left, Jack Wink of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Bill Emerson of Vienna, Va., are shown on the courthouse steps in Winchester, Va., where the Sweet Dixie Bluegrass Band performed last summer.
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BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Bluegrass Band played in Winchester, Va., last summer on the courthouse steps.

Jack Wink of Berkeley Springs had the honor of playing with the band to a tune titled “Faded Love” with the band’s fiddle player.

Wink was known as Petty Officer Wink at Navy Recruiting Office in Falls Church, Va.  Wink met Emerson in the Navy in 1973.

Emerson served 20 years in the Navy and retired as a master chief. Wink served 20 years and retired as a first class petty officer.

Gerald Ford was president in 1973 and wanted to start a Navy bluegrass band, Wink said.

The president’s secretary called the recruiting office in Falls Church and asked Wink to interview Emerson for the job.

Wink interviewed Emerson who decided to start the Navy Bluegrass Band.

Wink said it was an enjoyable evening to play with Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Bluegrass Band.

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