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JUL 29, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Trumpeter is old reliable for military services

(AP) — Chuck Kirkwood thought he was in trouble when he was called into the Barron High School office about 70 years ago. Kirkwood managed to play at military funerals even while doing mechanical work for 44 years for the Barron County Highway Department. "When I first started doing it, I would take a couple hours of vacation, but then one of the other fellas I worked with talked to the Highway Committee and said Legionnaires weren't getting docked when they went, so then I didn't either," Kirkwood said. Kirkwood also has played in several groups, beginning with the 720 Blues Orchestra ... Read More

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