EBB in the News

On Saturday, the Expandable Brass Band played for a wedding procession in downtown Northampton, spreading smiles as we went. We even attracted the attention of the Daily Hampshire Gazette:

The march to love: Newlyweds escorted from church by marching band in center of Northampton

By James F. Lowe

Monday, July 11, 2011

NORTHAMPTON – Here comes the bride – and with her drums, saxophones and a big blaring sousaphone.

After tying the knot at Edwards Church Saturday morning, Heidi Kinner and Paul Soltysiak and all their hundred-plus wedding guests paraded through downtown to the beat of a marching band.

“I thought it would be a fun way to get people from the church … to the reception,” said mother of the bride Jody Kinner, of Northampton. “It was such a joyous and wonderful celebration as we walked down the street.”

Jody Kinner said her first idea for a wedding procession was a double-decker bus, because the groom is British. But the cost was high and the destination, the Hotel Northampton, was less than a half-mile away.

Then she thought of the newly formed Expandable Brass Band. Leader Mark Hoover and other members also perform in the Florence Community Band, where Jody Kinner plays french horn.

Merchants and customers from the Northampton Farmers Market ran to catch the parade, snap pictures and shout congratulations, while people in an apartment over Main Street started throwing rice out their window.

“I have no idea who they were,” Jody Kinner said. “We think they just did it spontaneously.”

The wedding program included illustrations by Heidi Kinner’s grandfather, the late Keith Wilbur. He and Kinner’s grandmother, Ruth Wilbur, wrote a book about the history of Edwards Church in 1983.

Kinner and Soltysiak met seven years ago while working as counselors at the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA summer camp. Their wedding reception featured a square dance led by the same person who called dances at the camp.

The couple visited each other in the U.S. and U.K. three or four times every year, Jody Kinner said. Now they’ll settle in Vermont.

Sunday morning the newlyweds headed for a honeymoon in Maine. In the fall Heidi Kinner will take a job teaching third grade. Soltysiak, a social worker, will have to obtain his green card before finding employment, Jody Kinner said.

“I give him a lot of credit, because he left his family and friends to live with her,” Jody Kinner said. “That’s love for you.”

© 2011 Daily Hampshire Gazette

Photos by Gordon Daniels

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