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Tony had to call to cancel our participation in the NC Highway Patrol recruit graduation ceremony for 3-13-08. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough performers to field a band that they are use to having at their graduations.

In anticipation of making the call Tony thought back over the past almost two years, and a couple of things came to mind:

1. This is the first performance we have had to cancel in over 95 scheduled events. We have turned events down because we knew we would not have enough performers, or a conflict existed……but this is the first time I have had to pick up the phone and call to say that we could not make the performance. That’s a pretty good track record, but still doesn’t feel so good to have to make the call.

2. Tony also began to think about the great sacrifice that each and every member of this band has made to make the 94 performances happen. He applaud each and every one of you for your dedication to the band and all of the participation in events near and far. Without your dedication and loyalty to the band we never would have made it this far.

Our contact seemed disappointed that we could not play, but that is a good thing. They have come to look forward to our participation in their graduations. Sgt. Wheeler said that this in no way will prevent them from calling the next time they have a graduation. Matter of fact, he told me their next graduation would be sometime in October of this year.

Thanks for all you do!!

Tony Crawford

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