I met Dick Eshelman.
I was told he was a member of th Silver Cornet band for 75 years.
Holy crap, I thought.
How the heck old are you?. He wasn't shy, hell, he was a piccolo player so he didn't know what shy was, he said he was just shy of 90. And he was there doing what he loved, playing in his beloved band.
His son, Tom, said Thursday night a few things that solidified how things like the Silver Cornet Band truly make a community what it is.
He is likely the longest tenured member of the band.
Tom spoke of his dad and mom, Miriam, as being centered around the Silver Cornet band so much that they lived and breathed music.
"They were very much a big part of the fabric of this community through their support of music and the arts. So in order to continue their support, the [Eshelman] family is dedicating a new sound system for the Franklin bandstand in their memory." Tom said clearly over the new speakers.
"It's so nice to hear everything so clear way in the back," said Ronnie Beith who oversees most of the events and marketing for the city of Franklin.
The Silver Cornet Band is one of the oldest community bands that still exist in the country. They have a modest but rich history filled with characters and dedicated members of Franklin's history.
There will be one more chance to hear them play before the summer wraps up on August 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Bandstand Park. If you want to feel what being apart of the historic fabric of this year having survived through a pandemic, that will be the place to be.