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Hundreds enjoy Music on the River Submitted: 07/02/2014

Shardaa Gray
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sgray@wjfw.com

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TOMAHAWK - Hundreds of people in Tomahawk could turn to unique music along one of the area's beautiful rivers Wednesday night.

It was the seventh annual Music on the River at Veterans Memorial Park.

Hip Pocket played on the pavilion. The old pavilion was rebuilt four years ago because it needed to be replaced and it was too small for bands to play on.

"We went from the air, kind of looked down on the site to see what we could put in in that area that was about the same size, but maybe a little better design and without disturbing any trees or anything else, we designed this pavilion to be here," said Music on the River Committee Member Andy Zastrow.

People donated $80,000 for the project in just four months.

Band members from Hip Pocket live across the Northwoods. The musical director says it's not easy to practice since band members are scattered.

"It's a challenge to get everybody together, but we designate a couple of nights, a month and we rehearse with part of the band one of the times and the full band the other times," said Musical director and trumpet player Patrick Phalen. "So it kind of works out that we're able to get everyone together. We meet in an essential location. It's not easy, but it works."

Their next concert will be in Antigo for Antigo's Music in the Park Thursday.


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