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'Route 3' rolls in for Hillside show

The party has begun! Revel in the music that we all know and love - a trip through time and around the country.

Route 3 will be coming to the New Richmond Heritage Center next Wednesday, Aug. 6, for a terrific evening. You'll hear familiar music from the Roaring Twenties, the Swing Era, the Fifties, Classic Jazz, songs from the movies and Broadway Shows - truly an American musical journey.

Route 3 has delighted audiences in concerts and at special events since 1989. They've been heard at the Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul Winter Carnival, Twins and Vikings events at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, and the Mall of America.

Musicians in the group are David Naylor, bass trumpet, trombone and vocals; LeRoy Larson, tenor banjo and vocals; Ralph Hepola, tuba and leader; and Ed Finley, drums.

Hepola is currently principal tubaist with Minnesota Opera at the Ordway. He has also been with Switzerland's Basel Symphony Orchestra; BME, Northwestern University; and The United States Army Band of Washington, D.C.

Larson is one of the nation's leading performers on the tenor banjo, an instrument of great importance in the history of Ragtime and New Orleans Jazz. He and his River Minstrels have previously played at the Heritage Hillside Series.

David Naylor of Rochester is one of the most-active musicians in Southern Minnesota. He sings and swings on vocals, as well as bass trumpet and trombone.

Although Route 3 generally performs as a trio, for large events such as this, they like to engage a drummer for a bigger sound and greater musical possibilities.

The outstanding drummer Ed Finley will drive us down Route 3 - on our trip through time and around the country.

So pack up a picnic supper, bring a blanket or lawn chairs and head to The Bandstand at the Heritage Center. And come early for swing dance lessons in the Pavilion.

This week's performance is sponsored by New Richmond News. For further information, call (715) 246-3276.