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Corte Madera woman struck up the town band

Gwyn Lister had never seen so many bands in her life.

While watching, in awe, as one band after another performed in a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Chicago, the Corte Madera resident thought about how her town had yet to find a band to play in its Fourth of July parade.

She decided then and there she would start one. Once she returned home from her business trip — with the help of the town’s “movers and shakers” — the Corte Madera Town Band came to be. The band made its debut at the Larkspur-Corte Madera Fourth of July parade in 1996, and has not missed a parade since.

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