Etcetera - 10/11/12

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The positions of incumbent Barack Obama and opponent Mitt Romney will be put forth during a mock presidential debate hosted by Walla Walla High School's Debate Team.

The event will be 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Wa-Hi Auditorium, 800 Abbott Road. The suggested donation of $5 will help raise funds for the team to help defray expenses at they travel to contests throughout the year.

Coach Jean Tobin said the teams will alternate presenting the candidates' perspectives on issues such as the economy and foreign policy.

Candidate representatives will have a chance to question each other.

Then audience members will vote to give a prize to the strongest speaker on each team, which team they thought did the best overall and who they think should be the president of the United States.


The buzz is big at Veterans of Foreign Wars Grant Farmer Post 992, what with an impending visit by the 133rd Washington Army National Guard Band.

Based at Camp Murray, Tacoma, Wash., and commanded by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Scott T. Pierson, the band will help Walla Walla honor the nation's veterans and share in Veterans Day activities, according to a release from Sgt. 1st Class Mike Vandiver.

This diverse group of soldier-musicians offers a wide variety of ensembles, playing tunes from traditional marches and Big Band jazz to contemporary Top-40 tunes.

"The many band performances are guaranteed to pull the patriotism out from within us all in remembrance of those that have served our great country proudly," Mike said.

Ranging from their late teens to mid-50s, performers "are everyday members of our community that ... put on that uniform one weekend a month and two weeks out of the year," Mike said.

Catch them playing at the following free events:

Nov. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., VFW Post 992, 102 N. Colville St., when The General's 7 Dixie Band and Jazz Patriots Big Band will share a few Louisiana Dixieland and Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Carter and Ray Charles classics.

Nov. 12, 11 a.m., downtown Walla Walla Veteran's Day parade, with the 133rd Marching and Ceremonial Band. A short post-parade concert featuring standard marches will follow at First Avenue and Main Street.

And Nov. 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Walla Walla Community College Performing Arts Center, 133rd's Patriot Brass Ensemble and Wind Ensemble for patriotic-themed selections and marches.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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