"When I joined, I hadn't played in 19 years."
How long someone has been away from playing doesn't matter. The love of music spans generations.
"We've got players from middle school to retirees in their 80s," Williams said. "I think we have about 60 or 70 people on the roster, but the number of people at a particular show tends to fluctuate."
Concert performances tend to draw 40 or 50 players, he said. Parades typically draw 25 to 35.
Williams said the music is usually chosen by the band's director, Al Fry, and associate director Steve Hopkins.
"They tend to pick music to fit the venue or the activity," Williams said. "We've also done arrangements by Mr. Fry. He's written arrangements for songs like 'Mack the Knife' and 'New York, New York.'"
It's not rock 'n' roll, he said, but the group tries to mix things up.
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