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Truman’s Ridge to play at SUMC on April 13

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Truman’s Ridge, an exciting, fast-paced bluegrass band, will present a concert at Sycamore United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. April 13. Organized in 2008, the band has been playing festivals and venues all over Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee and Missouri.

Tight harmonies, high energy and influences of Chicago jazz and blues and Midwestern string band make for a listening experience that is classic bluegrass yet unique.

Bruce Wallace, who plays banjo and harmonica and is producer of the band, took a long hiatus from music, and is now enjoying his return after a teaching career and raising a family.

Steve Sarver, guitar, was raised on country music in Maple Park, converted to classic rock in high school, and in 2008 became the co-founder of Truman’s Ridge.

Mark Flower plays mandolin and fiddle. He got hooked on bluegrass while camping in the Smokies, and at that time taught himself guitar and eventually mandolin and fiddle.

Karel Waska, upright bass, is from the Czech Republic and is a doctoral candidate in geology at Northern Illinois University. He has played bass for more than 20 years in everything from Western Swing in Oklahoma to Gypsy Jazz in France. He also performs with the NIU Symphony Orchestra and DeKalb Community Band.

There will be a free-will offering for the band after the concert, and refreshments will be served. The concert is part of the Saturday Celebration services at SUMC, and the Jessie Viner Concert Series. Viner was a longtime church and choir member who left a generous bequest to the church.

The church is located at 160 Johnson Ave., Sycamore. For more information, contact the church office at 815-895-9113, or visit

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