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about half were of six family names— Burdette, Mullinix, Day, Moxley, Watkins and Walker. Other families who also have contributed a large number of members to the organization include the Bakers and Risdons. . The present director has three broth ers, a son, a brother-in-law and a nephew among the band’s 28 members. Another member, Emory Burdette, suc ceeded his father, A. L. Burdette, as bass drummer, and still beats the original drum that was purchased when the band was organized. The record for attendance among the musicians, who let little interfere with their Friday practice periods, is held by Garrison Moxley, 80, a charter member. In 55 years Mr. Moxley has missed only one engagement and three rehearsals. During the years the Browningsville Band has depended on contributions from the community and fees paid for engagements to provide musical instru ments and uniforms. All funds go into a single pool and are drawn out as new instruments or uniforms are needed. Formed expressly for the “improve ment of its members in the art of music and the promotion of the social and moral advancement and the cultivation of musical talent in the community," the band has the assurance that it will have at least 100 years more to live. Thomas E. Watkins, president of the Peoples Lumber 8k Supply Co. at Mount Airy and one of the band’s charter mem bers, his announced that he will endow the organization to provide its contin uous existence for 100 years after his death. Even without this windfall, members like to think, the love of music is so great in Browningsville that the band will never die. ind, is joined by two ing a concert. Glenn Browning holds his daughter Angela os she watches her uncle, A. W. Lawson, in the clarinet section. The crowd at a Kemptown picnic social listens closely to the numbers. Star Staff Photos by Ihttoad taker.