Ballston Spa is a community in tune

"I just love playing in the band," he said. "There's a lot of fun and camaraderie. It takes you back to your high school and college days."

The band practices at Ballston Spa High School, which is how Reider's husband discovered them. At the high school one night, Jake Reider saw several people walking inside with instruments and wondered what was going on. When he learned they were part of the community band, he signed up, too.

Reider and his wife already belonged to several community music organizations. Having met in marching band at the University of Akron, when the couple moved to the Capital District after graduation, they joined numerous groups as instrumentalists.

After watching her husband's community band shows for about two years, Sue Reider joined that group, too.

"I was hearing the concerts and I was pretty impressed," she said.

The group's music isn't easy for her, but that's part of the attraction.

"It's challenging for me," she said. "I love a challenge."

She also loves how nice everyone in the group is, as well as its diverse repertoire.

"We play a little bit of something for everyone," she said.

The Ballston Spa Community Band is always seeking new members. For information, visit the band's Web site at www.bscband.org.""

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