May 29, 2012
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Every year Payson school band enthusiasts gather on the grass behind the middle school gym to spread blankets, eat a picnic dinner and enjoy music the week before school ends. This year, the forest fires added drama to the performance by surrounding the town with plumes of smoke. As the sun set, it bathed the musicians in a striking red light. Mike Buskirk directs and emcees the Rim Country Middle School (RCMS) beginning and advanced bands.