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Glen Browning
Olive Branch native Glen Browning has been involved with thumbpicking since he was 8 years old, but he never thought he would be recognized with a prestigious award for his hobby. In September of 2015, Browning received the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame award for supporting musician. Browning...
Century School’s 4th and 5th grade band gave its first public performance at the annual spring concert in Ullin on May 2. Photo by Amber Skelton.
Century Community Unit School District No. 100 in Ullin hosted its annual spring concert May 2. For the first time since the 2009-2010 school year, band performances were part of the program. A lack of school funding led Century to cut the band program back in 1999. A revival attempt was made in...
Egyptian School in Tamms plans to present an annual spring concert on Saturday, April 29, at 6 p.m. The performance will feature the Egyptian Middle and High School band and choir, along with Egyptian band/choir alumni. About 20 alumni are planning to be part of the performance, with special music...
The Dongola School band was recently selected as a recipient of a grant from the Mockingbird Foundation for $10,000 to be used towards the purchase of new instruments. The Mockingbird Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit founded and run entirely by fans of the band Phish, announced 12 new grants...
A regional high school band performed March 23 at Shawnee Community College near Ullin. The band featured student musicians from area high schools. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Shawnee Community College near Ullin on March 23 hosted an annual high school regional band performance. The regional band featured high school students from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School, Cairo High School, Cobden High School, Egyptian High School at Tamms, Goreville High School, Shawnee...
The new music instructor at Shawnee Community College, Lee VanAlstine, conducted his first Shawnee Pride performance on Thursday, March 2. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Shawnee Community College has a new music instructor after the retirement of John Windings, who was the music instructor for over 20 years. Lee VanAlstine has been working in K-12 public education in Southern Illinois since 1997, though he is originally from Central Illinois. He received his...
Shawnee Pride was presented at Shawnee Community College in Ullin on Thursday, March 2. The band featured students from Anna, Century, Cobden, Cypress/Buncombe, Dongola, Egyptian, Goreville, Jonesboro, Shawnee and Massac County junior high schools. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Shawnee Pride was presented at Shawnee Community College in Ullin on Thursday, March 2. The event brings band students from the area together to practice and then to present a concert. Shawnee Community College band director Lee VanAlstine worked with students for one day before the performance....
Members of the Dongola School band performed recently for Corinne Brown, a former band teacher. Sitting, from left, are Corinne Brown and Rebecca Gray. Standing are students Charles Duty, Evan Treat, Ashley Sullens and Mackenzie Kelley. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Corinne Brown, a former band teacher at Dongola High School, was surprised to see several Dongola band students and their teacher in the lobby at Union County Hospital in Anna on Thursday, Dec. 1. The students and their teacher were at the Anna hospital to perform a few Christmas songs for her. Jim...
The Trinity Assembly of God in Olive Branch plans to host a community Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m.   The Bobby Bowen Band is scheduled to perform. There will also be chili, hot dogs and a Trunk or Treat.  The event is open to all ages, however young children will need parental...
Teacher Rebecca Yates sits with some of the worn and weathered instruments that have been found in Century School’s storage. A donation fund has been set up to raise money for new instruments that can be loaned out for student use. Photo by Amber Skelton.
The economy may make funding for educational programs difficult, but one school is choosing to ensure it has money for the arts.  Children in kindergarten through 8th grade in Century Unit District No. 100 at Ullin will be given the opportunity to join a new band program starting Nov. 1. Century...

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