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Just jammin’

Jazz band pleases audiences all over D.C.

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May 21st, 2014
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Ron Wynne has been playing the drums since he was 13 years old. He’ll turn 80 in October, and he’s as active in the music scene as he’s ever been—if not more so.

Ron says he played the drums seriously until he was about 30 years old. At that point, he got away from it a bit, only playing from time to time at family gatherings. He says that as he got older, he realized he wanted music to be a bigger part of his life.

“There’s a group of musicians in Washington, D.C., like me, who played when we were younger but stopped playing for a long time,” Ron says. “You get into your 50s and 60s and think, ‘Why am I denying myself this?’ So, I started playing seriously again about six or seven years ago.”

Perfect site for jam sessions

Ron connected with a group of about 15 musicians who play together in an informal jazz band. He says his band mates range in age from mid-50s to late-70s and work in a variety of professions, from medicine to banking to carpentry. 

Ron teams up with a few other musicians from his group to do several paid performances each year. He says they’ve played at outdoor concerts in Columbia, Md., as well as at local restaurants and community centers. In between paid performances, the gang gets together every couple of weeks for casual “jam sessions.”

Recently, Ron’s band found a dedicated and appreciative new audience. Ron lives at

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