The Southeast Nebraska Community Band has been delighting audiences for the past 20 years. The year was 1994, it had been a couple of decades since Linda Hodges had had the opportunity to play her baritone band in high school.
So she started asking around and she put an ad in the Pawnee City newspaper asking around for fellow musicians that wanted to form a band.
Today, Linda is very pleased with the growth and the success of the Southeast Nebraska Community Band, "I think it's kind of got a life of it's own now."
Linda says her band mates are dedicated, "We drive sometimes 70 miles one way to practice. It's pretty amazing actually. I mean we started out with ten people just in Pawnee City and we were just going to play nursing homes around and county fairs and all that pretty soon we just started getting more and more people from different places so."
The band includes members from 11 different counties around southeast Nebraska. And one of the original members is Pawnee City's Laura Turnbull. There's two very important reasons why she attends nearly 50 Monday night practices every year, "Because you get to perform music and you have friends. The nice thing is this is one of the best support groups you can have."
If you live in southeast Nebraska and you still have a desire to make great music maybe you should pursue a spot in the band. They gladly receive new members and anyone who owns an instrument and knows how to read sheet music is welcome to audition with the director.