Etcetera - 04/13/10

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Dan Greenwood, who died in April 2009, has left a legacy to a young area musician according to Walla Walla Blues Society's March Blues News newsletter.

Dan became an active WWBS member and volunteered in a variety of ways with the group. In younger years, he aspired to be a musician himself and played in rock bands, including one called the Elastic Banana, WWBS member Kevin Shenefield noted in his newsletter article.

Dan's family and Society members sorting through his belongings came across a dismantled drum kit that Dan played in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The WWBS refurbished the kit, saving it from the landfill. It required new drum heads, cleaning and hardware. Drummer and local businessman "Melody" Mike Hammond did the work, restoring it to its bright blue metal flake glory.

Through the WWBS Instruments for Kids program, the almost new drum kit was donated to 10-year-old Kyle Hammond, a student at Berney Elementary School. Kyle has been receiving drum lessons from Mike, his grandfather.

Kevin added that, "I have little doubt that Dan is somewhere up there with a smile ... completely thrilled to have helped a kid realize his dream of being a musician. Thanks again, Dan ... for everything."

WWBS meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at Crossroads Steakhouse, 201 E. Rees Ave. For more details, see wwbs@bmi.net.

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Going out on a high note, Walla Walla Music Boosters sold more than 600 cases of fresh fruit and netted more than $4,000 to benefit music programs in Walla Walla Public Schools, the March 26 online Week in Review reported.

To give back to the community, 12 cases of fruit will be donated to area food banks through Blue Mountain Action Council.

The Boosters help purchase equipment, instruments, sheet music and cover other expenses of the music department.

The fundraiser committee includes Clarice Swanson, president; Shauna and John Bogley, secretaries; Karen Leier, memberships; Ginger Calvario, treasurer; Roger Garcia, district representative; Paula Livingston and Barbara Hoffman, volunteers.

The distribution crew was headed up by Albert and Laura Schueller, Kurt Hoffman and John Bogley, with volunteers Cheryl Heller, Steve Campeau, John and Luke Hoffman, Jim Russo, Russ Gordon, Mark Beck, Mark Hess, Jerry Poirier, Dan Johnson, Penny Taylor and Kelly Gabel.

Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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