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Former Members of Bagpipe Band Reunite

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The Bismarck State Library houses many books and pieces of history.

But now-- a display collected from decades past--is bringing former members of a band back together.

"We took a little trip down the Black Hills and we thought it would be really smart to get out of the bus and play in the hills, because it would be a gorgeous sound which it was, but it didn't take very long, and here come a park ranger or somebody said, 'you get your hiney back in the bus, you're holding up traffic for about 20 miles back here." says Erv Ely/piper

Wednesday afternoon, Erv, his brother Fran, who was a drummer in the band and Jay who played pipes in the service all joined together to reminisce.

A lot of the items on display at the Bismarck State College library were donated by families of former bagpipe members.

The band first formed at what was called Bismarck Junior College back in the 1940s.

Clarion Larson was the founder and original director.

"These kilts were all made by Miss Larson, his wife, yeah... And of course this is a sporran--in the old days that is the purse, and the broach of course. That's a head of a bass drum from years ago, other than that it's just pictures of the group and brings back a lot of memories." says Ely.

This is also "Celebrate National Library Week".

On a side note, there is another group of men planning to start a bagpipe band--with some instruction from some of the former members of the BJC Bagpipe Band.

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