Monday, September 01, 2014

Garnett band stepping outside

By The Herald Staff | 6/11/2014

GARNETT — Music lovers are urged to bring their lawn chairs out of storage. The open-air music season has arrived.

The Garnett Area Community Band, under the direction of John Bechen, is set to present its first concert of the season 7 p.m. today on the north side of the Anderson County Courthouse lawn, Fourth and Oak streets, Garnett.

GARNETT — Music lovers are urged to bring their lawn chairs out of storage. The open-air music season has arrived.

The Garnett Area Community Band, under the direction of John Bechen, is set to present its first concert of the season 7 p.m. today on the north side of the Anderson County Courthouse lawn, Fourth and Oak streets, Garnett.

Bechen, Lawrence, has been an active member of the band for several years, according to a news release. He is the leader of River City Reeds, a saxophone quartet, and a member of the New Horizons Band in Lawrence. Bechen has a bachelor of music degree from Loraz College in Dubuque, Iowa, and works at the Reuter Organ Company in Lawrence.

In the event of inclement weather this summer, the First United Methodist Church, 205 S. Oak St., Garnett, is expected to serve as the alternate venue for the band’s concerts.

“The band appreciates the availability of this location,” the release said. “It is good to know that even if it rains, the band will play on.”

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