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Sister Georgia Jean Kruml recalls the day when she was plucked out of the school dining room by music teacher Sister Vincentia Yarnall, at St. Patrick’s Academy in Sidney, NE, to play percussion, an instrument with which she had no prior experience. The school orchestra needed a drummer ASAP and Sister thought sophomore student Georgia Jean was a good candidate to fill the vacancy in the school orchestra and band because she played piano and had a sense of rhythm. Georgia Jean Kruml learned to play the drums in one hour. Some might say it was a “miracle” but she thinks it was just her natural musical ability that landed her the job and a forever love of percussion.

Sister Georgia Jean, who lives at the Motherhouse Convent in Louisville, KY, keeps the beat going as a member of the Holy Name Band, which was founded in 1939. Playing drums since 1950, she joined the Holy Name Band in 1991 and has played the bass drum with them ever since. The Band plays concerts for nursing home residents and to audiences at community events in the Louisville metro area, as well as cities on the outskirts.

The musical repertoire is a varied as the band member’s ages, which range from the teens to the 80s. They play music from the Big Band era to popular songs in modern times. From practices to performances, 30 to 60 people get together about 50 times a year with a schedule that runs from March through the holidays.

Sister Georgia Jean said, “No one is paid to play and it is a time commitment, but everyone just loves the camaraderie and the joy that comes with playing music.” This Ursuline plans keep the beat for years to come.

The Holy Name Band will perform at the Ursuline Arts Center for the first time on Monday, October 17, at 7:30 pm. The concert is free and open to the public.
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