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Mentor, Minn., native Roger Johnson was one of the founders of the Detroit Lakes All-City Band Festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this Saturday, March 22. He taught elementary band in the Detroit Lakes School District for 28 and a half years. He and his wife, Cleo, have been in attendance at every festival since the first one, which took place on April 28, 1964. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes

Johnson one of founders of All-City Band Festival

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The Detroit Lakes All-City Band Festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this Saturday, March 29, has included literally thousands of local instrumental music students and loyal concert goers since its inception.

But one face has been a constant, first as a participant, and later as an audience member: Former Detroit Lakes elementary band instructor Roger Johnson.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454
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