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Edgar concert canceled because of government shutdown

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Another effect of the almost two-week-long government shutdown is a canceled community concert.

The U.S. Marine Corps Brass Quintet was supposed to perform in Edgar on Sunday. But the group has canceled all travel because of the shut down.

Posters advertising the concert had people in the Village of Edgar pretty excited.

"I've seen different segments of the Marine band before and they are outstanding," said Mark Lacke, president of the Edgar Fine Arts Association.

But now, those visitors aren't coming to town--thanks to gridlock in Washington.

"It dawned on us right away when they talked about non-essential programs. This is entertainment and entertainment would be non essential," said Lacke.

That has disappointed a lot of people.

"I think people in the Edgar area were looking forward to this," said Lacke.

Students were excited, too. The high school jazz band was going to open for the quintet.

"They were also going to come in on Monday and do a clinic and concert for my kids," said Dennis Webb, instrumental band instructor at Edgar High School. "I think we're going to have to have normal classes."

We tried contacting the duty officer in charge of the quintet for comment about the cancellation. She was unavailable because of Columbus Day.

Meanwhile, the band instructor has to re-group. He's disappointed his students won't get the experience of hearing music from a fresh perspective.

"This is their life. This is their livelihood so I'm an ok musician but they're wonderful musicians and that's their life," said Webb.

There is hope, though. Organizers say they hope to reschedule the event after the government re-opens. However, as of late Monday evening, no deal had been made in Washington.

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