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Guilderland Town Band kicks off season

The band began the scholarship program this year to support young area musicians.

Band founder Donald Webster will present the $200 award, which bears his name, and Bouteiller will play a solo at the June 28 concert.

Webster founded the Guilderland Town Band in 1969. The volunteer group is about 100-strong, with members ranging in age from 14 to 85. Musicians begin rehearsing after Memorial Day and give three concerts each summer.

"Most smaller towns and suburban areas don't have a band of that nature," said Barrow. "And to bring the culture to the people I think is a real gift."

Following the June concert, the band will host an Irish-themed evening on July 19 and a dedication concert on Aug. 9 in memory of Ray Biedron, a former band member and Clifton Park resident who was killed with his wife, Del, in a Florida car crash last winter.

The free concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Guilderland Performing Arts Center in Tawasentha Park. For information, visit www.guilderlandtownband.org.

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