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HPPR Arts, Culture & History

Garden City Municipal Band: Live Concert TONIGHT

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Thanks so much to Lawrence Hoerman and Buddy Laws for sharing some time with HPPR today in support of the Garden City Municipal Band concert series going on this month.

Every Friday night between June 21 and July 19, the band will get together in the Stevens Park Bandshell (502 N. Main St.) in Garden City, KS from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm CT. Tonight’s show will feature Buddy Laws on euphonium.

This is the 141st year for the Garden City Municipal Band, making it one of the oldest community bands west of the Mississippi. It’s made up of adults and students of high school age and older from around the Garden City area. The regular conductor is Clint Raynes of Scott City, who is out of town this week at band camp in Breckenridge. Our substitute conductor is Shawn Martin, band director at Lakin.

More about the performers: Francis H. “Buddy” Laws, Emeritus Professor of Music, served as Wright State University faculty for 35 years, starting in 1972. Lawrence Hoerman serves as the board president for the Garden City Municipal Band.

For more information or if you have questions, call Lawrence at 620-290-0589.

Hear the full interview here:

For an example of the type of music GCMB plays, here’s a recording of National Symphonic Winds performing “Commando March”—Samuel Barber (Composer) & Lowell Graham (Conductor):

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