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Valley News &amp; Views +i!iiiiiii; Page 5 October, 10, 2013 School That Thought It Could those of you who enjoy bluegrass music, country rock and the like might have recognized the name "Dillard Band". They've been around a while. Way back in 1963, the Dillard Band appeared on the Andy Griffith show along with musician/actress Maggie Peterson. They were known as the Darling family, a family of hillbillys that lived in the hills outside of Mayberry. Over a period of three years, they appeared in sixepisodes of the show. Each time they appeared there was always trouble and there was always at least one blue grass jam, often including Andy. Anyone who was a fan of the show remembers them. I'd seen most of the episodes. The music was so good I always thought it was just a group of actors and the music had been dubbed in. Nope, it was really them and they were real good. Likewise, Friday night they were real good. How good are they? Well, according to a lot of digging through various online sources, the Dillards are noted for being among the first bluegrass groups to have electrified their instruments in the mid-1960s. They are considered to be pioneers of the southern California folk rock, country rock and so- called progressive bluegrass genres. They are known to have directly or indirectly influenced artists such as The Eagles, The Byrds, and Elton John. In 1972, The Dillards joined Elton John on his first American tour. Over time they produced over 20 albums as the band and a mess of em as single and dual performers. Friday night the band consisted of Rodney Dillard, his wife Beverly Cotton- Dillard, Jim Glaspy and Maggie Peterson, who played Charlene Darling on the show. Rod's been nominated for a number of grammys, his wife Beverly has appeared everywhere from Hee-Haw to Carnegie Hall. Her 1981 album Clog-In Continued From Page 1 'is considered an American folk classic. Jim Glaspy two times Texas State Flat Picking Champion is one heck of a picker on both guitar and banjo. He sings good too and has a number of solo albums. They have individually or as a group played with a million different folks from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Elton John, with Woody and Arlo Guthrie in between.. I tell you this because that's a pretty class act to haul in for a school production in Karlstad, Minnesota, population 760, according to the 2010 census. They performed Friday, like they were performing for thousands and they didn't play a couple of tunes they played and entertained for over an hour. They were having fun and clearly not there for the money. They did the same thing the following night for a second showing. The Mayberry project was set into motion when Neil Wilson of Karlstad, who had worked with Hanson on other projects pulled Hanson from the parsonage to show him an old rusted out 1966 Ford Galaxy 500, the same car as Andy's patrol car and announced "We're doing the Mayberry film." Apparently they'd talked about it before. In addition to the rust, the car was missing a window, in need of mechanical work and the tires were 'bald. I talked to one of the fellows that night, I believe it was Neff, and he told be that they restored the car in three days. It was parked in front of the school with lights flashing when folks arrived that night and some Barney Fife types were there giving tickets to everyone. In the end, each ticked was good for a prize. After finding the car, they began to research potential set ideas and discovered the Taylor House Inn, bed and breakfas in Clear Lake, Wisconsin. The owner of the inn had replicated most of the sets from the Andy Griffith show. He was excited about the idea of a new Mayberry themed movie and offered the use of everything for the project without cost. They were doing pretty good but then decided they'd like to find some suitable cast members from the show. Seemed a bit ambitious since most of them were deceased. Hard to find anyone remaining that had the zing they were looking for, but they did it. Pastor Hanson knew about a few of the cast members who were still alive and in the music business. He called the agent for Rodney Dillard, who along with his band, as mentioned above, played a re-occurring role in six episodes, as the musical Darling family. Hanson told the agent about the film idea which got passed to Rodney. Rodney loved the idea of doing a concert and helping to premiere the movie. That led to his adding his TV sister Maggie Peterson Mancuso, Charlene Darling, to complete the mix. Basically, their old connect to Mayberry and love of Mayberry values, brought them to Karlstad. Waterman Digital Media Midwest, based out of Grand Forks, heard about the project and offered to do the filming and editing as a donation. As word spread, more Karlstad folsk jumped on board. Local artist Nick Reitzel offered to paint the backgrounds, as was done in the original show. Vern Lorenson, who had recorded a number of albums as a Christian singer volunteered to be the sound engineer. When it came to finding some deputy costumes they didn't mess around either Pastor Hanson contacted David Browning. Browning did some time with Don Knotts and has made a career of traveling as the "Mayberry Deputy." He is said to be the number one Barney Fife impersonator in the country and has all the old Mayberry paraphernalia.. Browning, who has been in several feature films, gave the group two sets of uniforms GO TEAM Go/ / ) L.OE # Have You Tried Online Banking? Learn More - 4, Book Signing With Ken Gardner Featuring all three of Ken's books The Song is Ended The Dark Between the Stars Meatball Birds and Seven Other Stories Thursday, October 17 3:00- 5:00 In the KodaBank lobby Cookies and Refreshments Ken's books make great Christmas gifts! Member FDtC VJ and also asked to tryout for the part of the father in the film. He got it. That's how it all came together. Pastor Hanson noted that he was getting a lot of help from above and knew it was going to be something quite special. Students and some faculty took on the many parts and the crew traveled to Wisconsin for much of the filming, the rest being done locally and in Lake Bronson. Waterman Media did the filming and editing and Friday evening the film premiered to a large crowd, cozily tucked inside the small school auditorium. Spaghetti was served, along with the popcorn and keg root beer. The band took the stage and basically blew everyone away with a very Mayberry-like friendly, first class blue grass performance, providing lots of Mayberry memories and a good deal of laughter. The film was then presented to a primed and very appreciative crowd who took great pleasure and pride in the film, knowing that the whole thing was set in motion by the little school that thought it could. Really looking forward to next year's production. Andy and the Darlings, circa 1963. I Help Keep ale and I Lena Alive! I Send Us Your ale andl Lena Jokes. I --UNITEOST,TE$ Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation POST./.SERViC' {All Periodicals Publications Except Requester Publications) Valley News and Views 6 7 9:9 9 0 9-30-13 Weekly 52 $30,00 In County $35.00 Everywhere EIIII P.O. Box 309, Drayton, ND 58225-0309 ........ c"i.``'& 2`& ::5+ii  '', 6  ;e` 'i gi ........................... Larry Ritzo, P.O. Box 309, Drayton, ND 58225-0309 Larry Ritzo, P.O. 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