especially promising, the legislation Was passed. As things lookod'when I left, ifthe claSh f doesn‘t reach the stage of physical violence first, the very least that can be expected is

a long drawn-out legal battle which could_we11 reach the Supreme Court.

74. MINNEDOSA AND DISTRICT BAND ' VALLEr .VISTAS column, Brandon Sun, Sept.22/‘72.

I'm convinced our country's centennial was good Ior us. Many communities and.organizations4

teok long, hard looks at thenselvos and then promptly initiated projects to improve theqpa- lity of.our lives..0ne-such project begun here in 1967 was Minnodosa and District Band.

Minnedesa had been without a band since 1952, while neighboring towns likeRivers,Hamiota.V

and Neepawa had well-established.ones. The Rotary Club, of which Newton Clark was then pre-; siddnt, started the ball rolling as its centennial project. A massive fund raising campaign ensued and a three—man band committee was struck which quickly moulded the droan1intc>viab1o reality. Many individuals, businesses, and other service clubs like Eastern Star donatedo Rivars' Jerry Sheen was selected bandnaster with assistance from that town'sDennisCabana

and Bill Rose with Bill-Holmes—aFCourt and Dianne Johnson of Minnedosa. Of 55 eagci'recruits r only eight had previous hand experience. Operating hand-in—baton with the musicians, was a ,

majorette corps of 19 instructed by Diana Clark‘ and Joyce Paler (new Mrs. Bob Mummery).

Much credit for the skyrocketing success of Minnedesa band undoubtedly goes toits foundingr committee. Earl Strong, who succeeded Newton as Rotarian president next term, is well knOWn., throughout-West—Man asta.western singer, manager of his OWn dance band, The Merchants, opa:¢

orator of Toe~lappers Music Store, insurance agent. Married to Mavis Sutton of Killarney, he's a long—time former resident of Boissevain. His bass-guitarist son, Glen, runs a ,rock band calledrRare Creed. Bob Gugin, a well-liked natiVe Minnedosan, is vice-president of en- gineering and development'for our major industry~-Agristeel—~where he's been employed.for‘h2

years. Bob was Rotary president last year and is still deeply involved in music'lpromotion._5

In.June, 1968, the band presented him with a pin set in recognition for his assistance. Er- nie Stevens, a popular local druggist for many years.and recently retired, now livestIBran-

don with his attractive wife Marion. Earl Strong, by the way, in addition to being my rival'

in a teen—age love triangle, was my neighbor when I was four and five until his father was

killed in a runaway horse team accident, the farm since then for many years being operated.

by Lloyd Smith (Sun columnist Lorna's father). Within seven months-the band had reached-a high degree of excellence. CompetinngINeepawa Fine Arts Festival in spring, 1968, the group amazed adjudicator, Dr. M. Utgaard, with its rapid development by placing third with a score of 82-—just four marks below the «inner . That year the band honored Diane-Stephenson as most outstanding'bandsman (bandswoman?LJoyCe Bardsley.for,greatestgimprOVement, Connie Bownan as most outstanding majorette.Bylate 1968 theverganization was almost financially independent. Assistance when needed comes -fron the

Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, towu and rural municipalities. In 1969, the group travelled top;

Calgary whore, in competition with 14 other bands, it took third prize.

For the past three-years George Zradicka of Dauphin has led the band. George also leads y

two Dauphin bands, another in Gilbert Plains, and one in Grandview. In his spare time , he

works in Dauphin Music Supply Store. President of the band is Kay Ross, mother of vtwo. Kay '

plays the alto saxophone, teaches piano, is the local United Church organist. Lately -sho's been pinch-hitting as bandmaster when George is away. Manager is Torry Lumb, a local.physics teacher, who during summer months doubles as drum major. Currently assisting Georgeeumadrla Scotland teaching flute and Armand Godard teaching bass instruments. Diana Clark still tear ches majorettes, the junior group acting as feeder system for the senior. v - Generally the band averages 40-50 members with most annual losses due to grade 12 gradue ates leaving the district. lhere's a minimum of two hours practice weekly, age limits range from nine to 109. Cost per member is $1 per week, with a special rate for families. Fund.- raising events include two annual concerts, raffles, bake sales and the like. Annual merit awards now are based on attendance, improved bandsnanship,.contribution to band life. a

To president-Kay Ross some highlights in band performances in recent years were: thelqualu.

family motorcade through Minnedosa, Diefenbaker's 76th birthday party, Calgary trip, Morris Stampede,LBrandon and Dauphin fairs, Clear Lake Oddfellows convention. One of her proudest

moments.was watching a TV playback following their Calgary performance when thenowscommen-»v tater explained, "Coming now is that very smart and good looking band from Minnedosa,

.Usually the handle composed of at least five flutes, four alto and two tenor sanophones, five trumpets, four snare and one bass drum, three small and two bass horns, two trombones.

"The sound," feels Kay,'his often highly reminiscent of the Big Band Era. Not only is play:-t

ing with the band a tremendous experience for any youngster or adult, what you learn-is,11 springboard to other musical endeavors. For example, many rock bands today are adding brass