BIRCH, TURNER TO GUEST CONDUCT DURAND BAND ALUMNI AUGUST 31st
All Past Marching Railroaders Are Invited to Play At Special Event
Posted by Durand Now at 6:29pm 8/25/17
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The Durand Marching Railroaders are inviting all former band alumni to join them in unveiling their new uniforms on Thursday, August 31st as the Varsity Football team takes on Corunna. All former band alumni are invited to perform the pre-game songs with the current band, but performing is not required. Those who would prefer not to play are invited to join the band on the track for pre-game and then in the stands for the game itself. Kickoff for the game is 7:00 pm.

Joining the band as guest conductors for the festivities are former directors Charles Birch (1964-1996) and Ed Turner (1984-2013). Mr. Birch will direct the band in the playing of their “Victory March” fight song, while Mr. Turner will direct the band in “Locomotive” as the football team takes the field. The band will then perform the Star Spangled Banner under the baton of new Durand Band Director Nick Remesz.

Call time for this event starts at 5:00 pm outside of Room 206 at the High School. A registration table will be set up for alumni to collect a nametag and gain free admission to the game. The band encourages all alumni to wear a Durand shirt, with limited quantities of their own shirts available for purchase at the registration table.

Alumni who are interested in performing with the band can find the sheet music for the performance on http://www.durandbands.org/show-music. Limited quantities of instruments are available for loan as well. Interested alumni should call Mr. Remesz at 989-288-8732 to inquire about available instruments.

The band would love to see as many alumni representing its 90+ years of history as possible on the 31st!

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Posted by Durand Now at 2:48pm 8/25/17
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Six hundred tickets were printed. And then even more were printed. 

It's going to be a night to remember as local stars from the 60s and 70s reunite to raise money for Durand's Veterans Memorial Park.

Saturday night, August 26th, at 5pm gates will open at Optimist Park on Durand's south side.  The show begins at 7pm.

Bob Sager
Rick Bowden
Terry Newman
Joseph Yankee
Phil Rodgers
Mike (Jonesy) Jones
Alan Smith
Pat Carmody
Tom Root
Travis Root
Brandon Root
Rod Bradley
Debbie Love
Warren Brady
Jeff Semple
Dave Wasielewski
Wayne Kazmer
Jim Chamberlain
...and more!

For the first time in more than 45 years, these legendary names -- native sons and daughters to Durand -- will reignite and reinspire the glory of the local garage/basement band movement of the late 60s for one night only!

Musicians are traveling in from all corners of the country to be part of this historic event, and it's bringing old fans in from just as far.

Durand Now Publisher and longtime Program Director of two of Lansing's top radio stations, Josh Strickland, was offered access to the band's super secret rehearsal space earlier this week.

"They sound like a band that's been playing together for four decades, not old friends that haven't seen each other in four decades," he said.

Bob Sager said "The guy with the long hair (Alan Smith)...he got here yesterday.  The guy with the harmonica (Jonesy)... he got here today!" 

Sager has been a major part of organizing the effort, and he's rented a car and traveled in from his home in Ft. Myers Florida to practice with a handful of guys and gals that still live in and around Durand on multiple occasions since June.  Still, with as many people that have signed on to be part of the event, he called planning and rehearsals a "logistical challenge."

Dennis Martin, Durand's Reed-Raymond VFW Post #2272 Commander, and brother, Greg, owner of Jim's Pizza, have been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition.  Standing outside the rehearsal space, more than an hour after rehearsal began, as Strickland snapped a picture of Terry Newman pulling into the driveway, Greg joked that the photo needs to be captioned with "When you're the bass player, you can show up late."
Alan Smith is in from Everett Washington.  Jonesy is in from Bethpage Tennessee.  Terry had a bit shorter drive, rolling in from Swartz Creek.

Meanwhile, Strickland said his mom, a 1973 Durand graduate, was contacted on Facebook by an old friend from Durand that is now living in California who is flying in to watch the concert.  One of many out of staters that we've heard will return for the show.

Tickets are $15 general admission and available at the gate.  A ticket is required for all persons 10 years and older.  Alcohol and other beverages will be available on the premises as well as Born's corn and pulled pork and pizza-by-the-slice from Jim's Pizza.  Porta-potties will be available.

Parking is on Vinewood Street (the old Smeltzer's parking lot).  Transportation from the parking lot to the park will be available.  A limited number of handicap parking spaces will be available near the park.

The band is gearing up for a special meet & greet at the VFW Hall on Friday night beginning at 6:30pm as Saturday it will be very difficult to spend one-on-one time with everyone that attends.


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