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Cultural exchange: The Fire Brigade Band bids farewell
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The Fire Brigade Band of Kropp, Germany, comprised of 30 volunteer band members ranging in age from 14-74, perform inside Turner Hall in Monroe Tuesday evening. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - The Fire Brigade Band from Kropp, Germany, on tour in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, gave their U.S. farewell performance Tuesday at Turner Hall in Monroe. The band performed seven concerts in 17 days in five Midwest communities during its trip made possible through a cultural exchange program of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan's Manistee National Forest. About 30 of the band's 40 members made the overseas trip and have stayed with local host families during the tour.

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