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A Band-Aid for hospital
Photo supplied The band Transition was formed in 1985 by four Darlington High School graduates. A few members have changed, but the music hasnt. Transition will be among the local bands playing in the Dec. 4 Band-Aid at Bridges Banquet Center in Darlington to benefit the Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County Auxiliary.
DARLINGTON - Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is planning a communitywide fund raiser that includes five local bands. "Band Aid" is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, at Bridges Banquet Center in Darlington.

"Each band brings a unique style, and music is something everyone enjoys. We have so many talented musicians in our area, why not have a night where you can enjoy so many?" said Terri Baxter, auxiliary vice president. Each band will play for 90 minutes, beginning at 5 p.m..

The "Swamp Bottom Boys" are a six-member local band that has been gaining popularity in the area. It plays a variety of music, including country, rock, blues, harmony and gospel. It's a a fun group that has performed in many settings, from comedy and jokes, to birthday parties, to being the requested house band at several supper clubs. Instrumental members are Johnny "Flash" Carrington, guitar, and bookings manager; Barb Nemec, fiddle, banjo, bass; Robert "Dr. Bob" Falsey, guitar; Mark "Majik" Johnson, bass. Heading up vocals with Johnson are Gene Montgomery, and Tim "Bucket" Pehl. As all members are multi-talented and involved with vocals, their draw is that you never know what song is up next.

The "Stump Fiddle Band" uses instruments all its own. It provides a down-home, easy style of classic, country and gospel hits. Band members include Rick Loken, Barb Nemec, Greg McGowan, Dick Black and Dick White. They were lucky enough this year to open for Lafayette County Fair headliner Tracy Lawrence.

The band "Just One More" of Benton - Aaron Erdenberger, Chuck Emery, Steve Malone and Lane Carver - features a wide range of music, from the '50s and '60s to current Top 40; from rock and roll and heavy metal to country and ballads. They're musicians who just love to play.

"Transition" was formed in 1985 by four Darlington High School graduates. A few members have changed, but the music hasn't. The group dabbled with a little country music, but has focused more on music from the Beatles, John Cougar and other '60s-'80s groups. One unique aspect of the group is you may hear any one of the group singing a lead song or you may hear them singing all in harmony. Come and join the members of Transition - Jim Jacobson (guitar), Rich Leinberger (bass guitar and keyboards), Dave McGranahan (guitar) and Steve Fitzsimons (drums), as they perform their favorite classic rock songs.

"Hammer Down" is a four-piece band formed in 2008, with members Mike Crist, Lucas Ritchie, Mike Jones and Rick McDaniel. They are a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll and a little bit out of control.

"Band-Aid" also will feature food, 50/50, a great raffle and a silent auction of fully decorated Christmas trees. Doors open at 4 p.m. the night of the event. Advance tickets are on sale for $8 at First National Bank of Darlington, Benton State Bank, Natures Gift's Greenhouse & Floral, and Memorial Hospital. All proceeds benefit Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County as the auxiliary addresses comfort needs of patients, community and staff. For more information, call (608) 776-5731 or visit