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Adding tuba to the Minstrel ensemble at 21013 Dexter Civil War Days. Thanks Dan Bilich, Al Smitley, and San Slomovitz.

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Comment by Scott Johnson on June 9, 2013 at 8:29am

Love the Tuba.  We definitely need more minstrel tuba players.

Comment by Ian Bell on June 9, 2013 at 9:26am
Huzza!
Comment by Bell Banjos on June 9, 2013 at 5:38pm

Gotta get Al up in the mix in the videos. Al's a heck of a good fiddler with an uncommonly sweet tone.  Tim- two guys recently contacted me about banjos. They live right between you and me. Maybe 2 more in the Michigan ranks.

Comment by Al Smitley on June 10, 2013 at 7:52am

Terry, thank you for your kind words.  If I'm lingering in the background, it's of my own doing, succumbing to my lack of confidence and stage anxiety.  Yesterday morning, I searched for online tips of the topic and am embarrassed to gradually realize that I'm merely being self-centered! 

If those of us who are similarly afflicted could learn to place the priority on having fun instead of fretting over our personal abilities, everything would work out much better!

Comment by Andy Chase on June 10, 2013 at 8:39am

My brother in law plays tuba.  This gives me ideas.

Comment by Bell Banjos on June 10, 2013 at 11:59am

Well I sure enjoy your fiddling Al.  I don't like playing alone much, but somebody else there gives me confidence.

Comment by Ian Bell on June 11, 2013 at 7:12am
Andy - any idea that involves a tuba is a GOOD idea.
Comment by Ian Bell on June 11, 2013 at 7:17am
Besides the music, I like the cinematography in this video - reminiscent of Mutual Of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom" - where Marlin Perkins has been lying in the peonies for three days hoping to get a shot of the elusive Minstrel Trio.
Comment by Tim Twiss on June 11, 2013 at 7:19am

Tuba...I know, and I'm hooked now.

Comment by Al Smitley on June 11, 2013 at 7:24am

Tim, I hope you are forwarding the positive tuba comments to Dan!

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