In The News: Rhythm Still Fits For Former Belles
A paradiddle is a quick succession of drumbeats slower than a roll and alternating left and right hand strokes. It’s also a surefire way to get laughs and spark memories when a group of Belles of St. Mary’s girls get together.
OK, they’re not girls anymore. But the years drop away when drumsticks are brandished and the berets, kilts and memorabilia get unpacked. So it was at Tracey Barnes’ house one recent night.
There was a reason for the gathering. Father John Gerritts at Nativity of Our Lord parish in Rhinelander thinks it’s time to honor the crowd-pleasing drum and bugle corps and its founder, Al DiGiacomo. There will be an addition to the trophy case if Gerritts and the former Belles have their way.
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