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Come for the music, stay for the family

Posted: Friday, Jun 21st, 2013

In a Brookings Area Community Band that’s larger than ever this year, the Pickard family is contributing four members: From left are Jim Pickard of Brookings, Pat Pickard of Sioux Falls, Jennifer Pickard of Brookings and Sarah Pickard of Rochester, Minn. The band holds its first concert of the season Sunday night, at the Pioneer Park bandshell.

• Four members of Pickard family playing in Brookings Area Community Band

BROOKINGS – Maybe picking up the horn you played years ago is just like getting back on a bike. At least it was for Brookings resident Jim Pickard, who hadn’t been riding bike for too many years before he was playing trumpet.

Pickard tells about how he lost that trumpet and went without one for 30 years, then got another and right away joined the Brookings Area Community Band. He and three family members are part of the band this season; their first concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Pioneer Park.

“I played in the high school band when I was in the third grade,” Pickard said. “I’ve got pictures – all these big kids, and here was this little shiver.

“Including the marching band,” he added, “and I was lost most of the time. My little feet couldn’t keep up! ‘Your left your left your left your left!’”

For the complete article see the 06-22-2013 issue.

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