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Strike Up The Band

March 27, 2015

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This week’s photo prompt courtesy of, and copyright by, David Stewart who who can be found HERE.



Strike Up The Band

Strasburg, North Dakota – Saturday June 24, 1922

Larry stood off stage surveying the band. We’re light on reeds, he thought.

Tonight was Strasburg’s Spring Concert and the entire town would be listening. It was Larry’s first time under the baton and his stomach bubbled with nervousness.

The Strasburg Community Band boasted 18 members which wasn’t bad for a town this size. Two violinists, a clarinetist, one sax, too much brass and no percussion.

Who am I kidding, we’re light on everything.

Larry paced and worried. Finally the first-chair violin stood and called his name.

“Ready when you are, Mister Welk.”

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2015 11:35 am

    Nice glimpse of Larry’s humble beginnings 🙂 Got a grin out of that one.


  2. March 27, 2015 12:22 pm

    This picture evoked such wonderful images. Hope David realizes that. Love the term first chair…my friend Chris named his production company that. You can just see and hear the Philharmonic tuning up, Leonard Bernstein maybe about to conduct. I really liked this 🙂


  3. March 27, 2015 12:23 pm

    PS Larry and Lenny. Sounds about right 🙂


  4. March 27, 2015 2:57 pm

    A one, and a two, and a three…



  5. March 27, 2015 3:49 pm

    Good story. I had to look up ‘Mister Welk’, though. 🙂


  6. March 27, 2015 5:46 pm

    Oh, this is delightful. “Who am I kidding, we’re light on everything.” Made me chuckle then turning Larry into Lawrence Welk. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. March 27, 2015 8:36 pm

    Nice twist!


  8. March 27, 2015 9:50 pm

    True story? My parents never missed Larry’s show on Sundays.


  9. March 28, 2015 11:06 am

    That had me not suspecting a thing right to the last, Michael. Great story based on historical facts. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


  10. March 29, 2015 2:55 am

    Michael, love the small town feeling in this, I had to google a little, and I’m glad you used his name in the last word. There is a first time for everyone I guess.


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      March 31, 2015 3:53 pm

      Thanks, Björn! Lawrence Welk is an American musical icon. I suppose that’d depend on a person’s age and definition of “icon”!


  11. March 29, 2015 4:56 am

    Dear Michael,

    A Wunnerful, a wunnerful!




    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      March 31, 2015 3:53 pm

      Hi Doug, I’m happy you stopped by to read and comment 🙂


  12. March 29, 2015 4:56 am

    Dear Michael,

    I’m giving you a standing ovation. Lovely piece of historical fiction. A one and a two…



    Liked by 1 person

    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      March 31, 2015 3:55 pm

      Thank you, Rochelle! You were my inspiration for this one because I enjoy your historical pieces so much each week and I thought I’d try it myself. Granted yours are more factual and mine is limited to just a real person but it’s a start!


      • April 1, 2015 4:01 am

        Dear Michael,

        Actually, my story was less factual and more fiction. I’ve no idea if Minnie was actually there when Maud had her first heart attack. That’s the beauty of historical fiction. Putting actual people in fictitious situations. Glad it rang true.




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