Hoevers still hoping to fulfill dream of state marching band
Willie Hoevers’ quest for a full 10th Mountain All State Marching Band began nearly three years ago, and the former Air Force sergeant is getting closer to his patriotic dream.The Dillon Valley resident was first inspired to create the musical group during Breckenridge’s Fourth of July celebration, in which a statue of a World War II skiing soldier was unveiled, but without enough ceremony, according to Hoevers.”During that time and season, school marching bands are not available because they’re on break and military aren’t accessible to them, as I think they should be,” Hoevers said.So far he has 30 musicians to honor the WWII 10th Mountain Division, but needs 75 for a complete marching band.Hoevers said he tries to be historically accurate with the uniforms, creating clothes like the ones issued during the war by the United States Army.He’s also organized the band to parallel the division’s companies. “Back during WWII, the division was comprised of three regiments, and, as it happens, a marching band is divided into three sections,” he said.The brass, woodwind and percussion sections are named after the 85th, 86th and 87th regiment.Hoevers said most of the band members so far are people living along the I-25 corridor, which makes it easier for them to travel. However, as a composite band, he’s looking for members from all over the state to play when the group is in their area.Hoevers’ appreciation of the army unit is founded not only in their role in the war, but also in what these veterans brought back with them.”We wouldn’t have places like Loveland, A-Basin, Vail, Aspen and other places without them,” he said. “Their contribution to Colorado is very important and shouldn’t be forgotten.”Hoevers hopes to have a band together in time for a few summer events this year. Interested musicians can visit 10thallstateband.tripod.com for more information.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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