Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Dec. 18, 2000

Students form 'Christmas Trumpets' group

By Ryan Gueningsman

Possibly, you heard them as they filled the streets with Christmas joy in the Winsted Winter Festival parade, braving the cold weather, playing their trumpets for all to hear.

Tim Dahl, Justin Dahl, Jesse Menden, David Lacina, Jon Quast, and Katie Kielkucki make up the "Christmas Trumpets."

Justin, Katie, and David are juniors at Holy Trinity High School, while Jesse is a senior at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School. Tim is a 2000 graduate of Holy Trinity, and Jon graduated in 1999.

All six members of the group have been musically active since they were in elementary school. Most of them started to play the trumpet in fifth grade.

"It's just a cool instrument to play," said leader Tim Dahl. "We all like playing it and just decided to get together and make a go of this."

Now, they are practicing and preparing themselves to play holiday music in the area, including nursing homes, churches, and other places that have invited them to play.

"Right now, we're willing to play anywhere, and we just hope to get out there enough this year, so that possibly, we'll have a full schedule for next year's Christmas season," added Tim Dahl.

While they've been practicing for some time, their first "official" public performance came with the Winsted Winter Festival.

"That was a really cold night," said Lacina. "I thought our mouths were going to freeze to the mouthpieces! But it was still fun."

They are looking forward to performances scheduled for Friday, Dec. 15, at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center; Saturday, Dec. 17 at the 10 a.m. service at St. John's Lutheran Church, Winsted; and Sunday, Dec. 24, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church's 11 p.m. service.

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