Band serenades city

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Donald Young conducts the Clovis Community Band performing Thursday night at the Lyceum in downtown Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina By day, Stephen Quinn wears black robes in 9th Judicial District Court. Four nights a year, however, he wears black formal attire to a different event: the concerts of […]

Get out and live, mon!

Clyde Davis “Clyde plays electric base; plays it with finesse and grace.” So are the opening words of a song by Waylon Jennings, written for his base player who complained there was never a song with his name in it. This complaint inspired Waylon to write one for him. The same could be said about […]

Win is music to ears of Wildcat band

By Jack King The Clovis High School Wildcat band beat 32 other high school bands from five states to win the Zia Marching Festival in Albuquerque on Saturday night, head band director Bill Allred said. The University of New Mexico, the festival’s sponsor, invites bands from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Texas to attend […]

Country star returns to area

By Helena Rodriguez About 1,000 people packed the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom on Thursday night, all eager to hear the Texas phenomenon of the moment, Pat Green — who is making waves on national country music charts — perform a free concert. From die-hard fans to those unfamiliar, but curious about the recently unknown […]

Clovis native gets a charge out of his job

By Don McAlavy Bobby Hagler has made a name for himself as a civil engineer. In the last 30 years he has been designing and building electric transmission lines and substations from North Dakota to California. He was raised on the outskirts of Clovis. He is the son of Bob and Chris Hagler of Clovis. […]

The return of the country barn dance

By Don McAlavy I received a note from a popular musician living in Lubbock. “We’re coming back home to Clovis after having lived in Lubbock for the last 30 years,” it read. “My brother Coy and his wife Jeanie have bought Glen Shot’s place north of Clovis just outside the city limits . In addition […]

Old Jungleland was on the wild side

By Don McAlavy You will not find information about “The Jungleland,” which was a popular amusement place in Clovis, in any of our history books. Most of what we know is from the late Gordon Fitzhugh, who graduated from Clovis High School in 1928. Sometime in the late 1920s, Fitzhugh joined high school music professor […]

Stanley band moving forward

By Clyde Davis Imagine this. You have somehow gotten lucky, and have been awarded a trip to Cape Cod for a week or two. While you are driving along the coastline drive, marveling at the surf and waves, you pull into a small beachside establishment for a meal and something to go with it. Smells […]

Baxter-Curren Kitchen Band playing music the old-fashioned way

By Helena Rodriguez Fern Kwasigroch and Rachel Wallace could have a tough time pawning their musical instruments. They would probably have better luck using them to make macaroni salad or Angel food. After all, Kwasigroch plays the bundt cake pan, with the help of a fork, and Wallace is a master with the salt and […]

Fun on the Fourth

By Helena Rodriguez Country spirit will not only be flowing in terms of patriotism this Fourth of July weekend, but will be overwhelming present in the form of entertainment. Just about every brand of country music, from classic to contemporary, from Texas to even Tejano country, will be represented at area Fourth of July celebrations, […]

Air Force career gigs sound sweet

By Janet Bresenham For 19 years, Scott Webring has lived a life he considers a musician’s dream. He performs in a band, gets paid for doing what he loves and enjoys a career full of steady gigs. All while serving his country as a master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force band “Pegasus,” a division […]

Police log

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: Clovis police responded Wednesday afternoon to the 200 block of Olive to take a report of missing jewelry. According to police reports, two women’s diamond rings, a man’s diamond ring, and a silver jewelry box worth a total of $4,600 were […]

CHS Symphony Band wins Anaheim festival

By Gary Mitchell Clovis High School band members were on a mission for music excellence recently; and band members say: Mission accomplished. A highlight in the accomplishment of that mission included winning top honors in the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, Calif., the last week of April. The Symphony Band, directed by Bill Allred, received […]

CHS hosts 43rd annual All-Band Night “Pops” Honors Concert

By Gary Mitchell Tonight’s “Pops” Honors Concert promises to be fun for everyone, band officials say. More than 800 band students from the Clovis schools will perform in the 43rd annual All-Band Night “Pops” Honors Concert at 7:30 p.m. today in Rock Staubus Gymnasium at Clovis High School. Admission for the concert is $2 for […]