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Articles by Dan Wascoe

Celebrating the legacy of Minnesota's real-life 'Music Man' Article

G. Oliver Riggs was a real-life Minnesota 'Music Man' in the early 20th century, creating and directing a few dozen bands, drumming up enthusiasm for band music, and raising money for uniforms. Now, great-granddaughter Joy Riggs is sharing his story in her new book, 'Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters.'

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For barbershop quartets, the harmonies are sweeter than ever Article

As times change, so do the stereotypes surrounding barbershop singing. Learn more about the barbershop community in Minnesota, and hear the Minneapolis Commodores perform at venues across the Twin Cities this summer.

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Bells above City Hall ring out a Minneapolis musical tradition Article

Volunteers have been playing the bells above City Hall in Minneapolis for more than a century. From New Year's Eve concerts to a special tribute for Prince, performing on these historic bells presents unique opportunities and challenges.

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Does music have healing power? Music therapy grows in patient care Article

Music therapy is a growing discipline that centers on the use of music, scientific research and clinical experience by a certified therapist to help achieve a nonmusical outcome. Twin Cities music therapists offer insights into the importance of music therapy as a way to treat people of all ages and conditions.

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John Philip Sousa marched all over Minnesota back in the day Article

John Philip Sousa was no stranger to Minnesota. He and his band performed here more than 100 times, including at the State Fair, and he even composed two marches inspired by our state. But there's so much more that connects the March King with Minnesota.

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