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Golden Belt Community Concert Association volunteers traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to help pick talent for the 2013-2014 season. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Members of the Golden Belt Community Concert Association travelled to Nashville, Tenn. August 2-4 for the 10th annual Live On Stage Conference, where they heard from several artists vying for a spot on the 2013-2014 concert season.  
Norma Hammeke, Darlene Boley, Carol Shremmer, Maurice Hammeke, Ann Lindquist and Joe Boley, pictured here, sat in on 15-minute sample  performances, and now face the task of whittling down their lists to six to eight quality performances to present for the 2013-2014 season.   
“We’re here to bring live, high quality entertainment at a reasonable cost to the community,” he said.  The Association is now entering its 76th year in Great Bend, and Boley has been involved for the last 50.  Some, he said, have been involved for nearly their entire lives.  
Once they decide on acts, the committee will begin working on contracts and routing.  In April, the list of programs will be finalized in time for the 2013-2014 membership drive.  That’s when the Golden Belt Community Concert Association sells season tickets, the only way to gain admittance to the programs.  Proceeds from sales  become the budget to pay for the upcoming season’s performances.