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Photograph by Dwayne Black. The Marshall City band performs during a concert in the park on June 12. The band is looking for more musicians.

MARSHALL — The Marshall City Band is known for its entertaining concerts, but it aims to get even better with more members.

At a recent Wednesday night concert, co-director Wayne Ivers made a special appeal to the audience. He invited anyone with experience in bands to consider participating.

“If you play an instrument, we would like to have you in the band.” Ivers said. “We’re having a good season, but in a band like ours, new members are always welcome. We have room for more people on stage.”

He said band organizers can provide a musical instrument if someone doesn’t already have one at home. They could also provide lessons for those who want a refresher course.

He added that it is possible to join the band even if the potential member has not played an instrument since high school. Band members can be of any age, from teenagers to seniors.

“You don’t have to be an expert musician to play in the band,” Ivers said. “Most of our music is easy to learn. Rehearsing with other musicians is one of the best ways to improve.”

The city band rehearses on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm in the Marshall High School band room. It performs on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm in the Liberty Park bandshell. The season runs from early June through mid-July and includes a special Fourth of July concert in Independence Park.

The concerts include a mix of traditional and contemporary music. Selections include show tunes, patriotic music, pop songs and classical pieces.

The current directors (Ivers, John Ginocchio and Wes Myers) have maintained many of the band’s traditions, which go back at least several decades.

One of them is the children’s march, which usually takes place halfway through the concert program. Concerts begin with the national anthem and usually end with a Sousa march.

Ivers said being part of the band is a good way to socialize and build friendships.

He said people should not sell themselves short if they consider becoming members.

“Many adults believe that they cannot play an instrument because they have forgotten how to play it.” he said. “It’s almost never like that. People don’t forget it completely. Once you learn to play an instrument, it becomes a hobby that you can enjoy for a lifetime.”

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