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Sign-up underway for Martin community band


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MARTIN, Tenn. -- Dust off those instruments and come out to play with the Martin Community Band. Membership is open to anyone with experience playing a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument.

“It doesn't matter if you've just started or if you haven't played in thirty years,” UT Martin band director Dr. John Oelrich said. “We want you to join us for great music, community and fun. The past year’s installment was fantastic and we’re excited to move into our second season.”

Rehearsals will be Tuesday evenings (May 13-July 8) from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be held in the Fine Arts Building, Room 136. Concerts will be at Festival Park in downtown Martin on Thursday evenings (May 22, June 5, June 19, July 3 and July 8) beginning at 7 p.m.

“You do not have to commit to all dates in order to participate,” Oelrich said. “Encourage your friends and family members to attend the free performances. Bring lawn chairs and picnics, or partake in delicious refreshments that will be available on-site.

The Martin Community Band is free and open to all. If you no longer have an instrument but would like to play, the UTM Department of Music has a limited number of instruments available for rent. All percussion instruments will be provided.

“We are excited about this opportunity to bring Northwest Tennessee musicians together,” Oelrich said.

For more information about the schedule, frequently asked questions, instrumental rental and concert programs, please see the Martin Community Band website
( or contact Dr. John Oelrich ( | 731.881.7403).


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