Rural Missouri - July 2021 - 13

That's Our
Jam
by Heather Berry | hberry@ruralmissouri.coop
K
evin White is known for blowing his own horn - a trumpet,
that is. But when you ask him how the Baby Boomer Reunion
Concerts began 19 years ago, it takes other musicians to
toot the director's horn.
" He writes every single note of every single song we
perform - every vocalist and band member, even for
instruments he doesn't play, " says Lindy LaChance,
a 14-year veteran drummer and bass guitarist for
the group which eventually offi cially became the
Baby Boomer Reunion. " That's someone who
absolutely loves what he does. "
As the chair of the Mineral Area College Music
Department in Park Hills, Kevin lives and
breathes his passion for all things musical.
When the Farmington Centene Center
performing arts venue was built in 2003, Kevin
advised the owners to round up local talent
for the fi rst concert at the performing arts
center. The owners loved the idea and Kevin
gathered local vocalists and musicians for
what he thought was going to be a oneshot
performance.
For the fi rst concert, the group of 75
volunteer singers and band members set
out to replicate hits by the popular music
group Chicago.
" A lot of people didn't know about the new
performing arts center and without advertising
we still had about 250 people show up, " recalls Kevin,
adding the venue holds 750.
Word about the concert soon spread and people
asked for the performance to be held again.
With so many performers coming in from out of state,
that was unlikely, but Kevin was happy to commit to the following
year with a new lineup of songs to perform.
The following summer, the performers met again. To keep the
group manageable, it was decided performers needed to be Mineral
Band member Eric Bennett dresses the part as a ZZ Top member while performing
in the Baby Boomer Reunion Concert last year.
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