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Marching band performs a wake-up call

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
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Norma Koch with the Fillmore Central Marching band

Norma Koch of Lanesboro, Minn. got quite the start to her morning on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 when the Fillmore Central Marching Band filled her front yard and began playing music for her enjoyment.

Dale Koch, Norma’s son, bought a $5 raffle ticket from his son, Korby, who is a member of the marching band. The winner of the raffle gets to decide who the band will wake up. Dale chose to have the band go to his mother’s house in Lanesboro. No one told Norma about the performance ahead of time so it was a complete surprise to her.

When the band began playing, Norma came out of her front door with a huge smile and look of astonishment on her face. Many members of Norma’s family were present to enjoy the surprise along with her including her daughter, Karen Erath, of Dexter, Minn. Dale Koch, and his wife Becky were also on hand to capture the moment with photographs.

The Fillmore Central Marching Band holds the Wake Up With The Band raffle every two years to raise money for the bands trip. This is the third year the raffle has been held with the band traveling to Orlando, Fla. the first year, Mount Rushmore the second year, and this year returning to Orlando, according to Lane Powell, Band Director. Korby, who sold his dad the winning ticket, was also the top seller of raffle tickets.

The Fillmore Central Marching Band will travel to Disneyworld on June 16, 2014 for one week and will participate in a parade while they are there. Every member of the band looks forward to the trip and to marching in the parade.

The band played for about 20 minutes and Norma enjoyed every minute of it saying that she used to play clarinet in her high school band growing up in Iowa. Norma spent the 20 minutes thoroughly enjoying the band clapping her hands and moving to the music. Norma stated that the entire experience was wonderful adding, “Fillmore Central has the best band and best band teacher around.” She loves listening to them play.

Dale Koch, who chose to have the band wake up his mother, said that the early morning performance in his mom’s yard was “awesome” and agreed that Fillmore Central has the best high school band around. Dale also stated, “Mr. Powell is a great band leader and he has the respect of the kids.”

Becky Koch, Norma’s daughter-in-law, stated, “Norma has always wanted to give Powell a hug.” On October 9 she was able to do so which made her very happy. The Fillmore Central Band and Powell should be very proud of their performance for Norma Koch and for the professionalism and heart-warming feelings that filled Norma’s heart with their visit.

To watch a video of the Fillmore Central Band’s performance on October 9 and to view photographs, visit the Fillmore County Journal’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Fillmore County Journal.

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