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Flashback: MarchFourth Marching Band

At Tom McCall Waterfront Park during an Iraq War protest, March 20, 2003.

music_m4_3917MarchFourth Marching Band - IMAGE: Christian Parkinson

“The band was put together for a party on March 4, 2003. On March 20, we joined the anti-Iraq War protest, figuring that we just learned these seven songs, and since we called ourselves a ‘marching band,’ maybe we should get out there and march. This photo was taken at the waterfront. From there we marched through downtown for three hours. I remember playing the bassline of a Fela Kuti song for 20-plus minutes straight, in the rain. But something magical happened that day, because it was this experience that made us think, ‘Maybe we should become a real band.’” —John Averill, MarchFourth bassist

SEE IT: MarchFourth Marching Band’s 10-Year Anniversary Extravaganza is at Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., on Sunday and Monday, March 3-4. Multiple showtimes and ticket prices. Call 225-0047 for information.

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