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John Perreault is a musician who lives in Upstate NY He started appreciating music at an early age Banging on pots-and-pans singing His grandfather who was a professional musician and my supportive parents drove his interest in music He was always in chorus Then when the time came he took up the bass in fourth grade He quit the bass playing after three years and didnt do anything musical He took a few music classes but played nothing on the side Then his grandfather passed away in 94 After his funeral he felt like he had let him down This event was the turning point in his life He took up guitar later that year and wasnt too sure of the future Its every young musicians dream to be famous to some degree the only problem is finding your niche His father the following Christmas gave him a mandolin It sat in his room for several months and collected dust And in the following years he picked up a bass sitar didgeridoo and some other instrumentsIt wasnt until his War and Civilization class that his career as a musician started He had to do a Civil War music presentation With the help of Mike Yates a family friend who reenacts Civil War music Following the presentation Mike Yates asked him if he was interested in working with his band The NYS 77th Regimental Balladeers He agreed and its been a wild time The groups goal is the reproduction of the music of the era and the history of the Civil War The group consisted of John Quinn and Mike They liked the idea of having a multi-instrumentalist on board especially a mandolinist He spent two weeks learning the instrument and now he was hired because of it Two months went by and they had our first show at Caf Lenas where a young Bob Dylan Arlo Guthurie and several other famous musicians had once played
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