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JIM MARA

SAXOPHONE, TIN WHISTLE, CLARINET, PERCUSSION

JimI first saw the world when I had reached the age of three. When I was born the world in my eyes appeared quite differently, my world was blobs of light and faint hues, I was in fact legally blind, you see? I functioned as a child should running, jumping having fun the signs of my limited sight were close to almost none. My sister says I'd call her name when she was coming near, she thought I saw her on the hill but it wasn't her I could see but hear. I can only guess that I relied upon the sound that was all around, and that skill I honed would be the key to finding the music in me. On the day they placed upon my face those big coke bottle lenses, I'm told I stood quite motionless adjusting to my newfound senses. I peered out the window for what must have seemed close to an eternity, gazing into a world of color and shapes that were all brand new to me. Let's jump ahead to the age of 10 when a child is finding his way, when all his friends are playing sports and his fragile eyes don't allow him to play. If I experienced a blow to the head my sight could leave me forever, so I waited and waited and searched and searched for a much safer endeavor. One glorious morn a man came to school and we listened to him play , he said if we wanted , we could play too so I signed up for band that day. My parents weren't rich and I was afraid to tell them about what I'd done, but they figured out a way to help me out and my music career had begun. The sound that sax made was my voice from within so I honked and tooted and bellowed, I played and I played whenever I could and eventually my neighbors could open their windows. I had found my best friend, through thick and thin and forever we were united, for the music was mine and music didn't care if I was extremely near sighted. We all face adversity I'm sorry to say but instead of wearing a frown, figure out what's blocking you and go around it or knock it down. I could tell about playing with him and her and my journey on the sea, but that's not important, not really, it's how I found the music in me.

SHEILA KIRSTEN HUGHES

VOCALS, GUITAR, PIANO, CELLO

Sheila
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CHRIS HUGHES

SOUND ENGINEER, BASS, PERCUSSION

Chris
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ALEX WOLFE PARNES

DRUMS, DJEMBE, PERCUSSION, GUITAR

Alex
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