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14B Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Concert organizer and bandmate Keely Nesbit sings during the Happy Happy Joy Joy Family Band's performance. Photo by Steve Wathen Drummer Emmanuel Lemnah sings during the Happy Happy Joy Joy Family Band's performance in the Town Hall ! Theatre on New Year's. Photo by Steve Wathen Members of the Happy Happy Joy Joy Family Band taken in 2014. Photo courtesy of the band ins lence Steve Wathen Staff Writer swathen@plumasnews.com The Happy Happy Joy Joy Family Band played to several standing ovations at the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy on Jan. 1. The talented musicians grew up in Quincy and there appeared to be a strong bond between them and the audience. The band was made up of 13 members including multiple guitars, bass, accordion, he treated the audience to some quirky poetry. His brother, Emanuel, shared his gifts as a comedian, Proceeds from the bake sale at the concert went to help the Quincy Elementary music program, where many band members had attended school. The Happy Happy Joy Joy Family Band got together for the first time four-and-a-half years ago at the urging of Emmanuel and Alex Lemnah's mom, Helene drums, keyboards, accordion, Lemnah. violin, cello, brass and a The original band included small lute-like instrument Emmanuel and Alex called an armadillo Lemnah, Chris and Nathan (charango). Retallack, Kelsey and Natalie Alex Lemnah not only Kepple, Garrett and Austin played keyboards and the Hagwood and Keely Nesbit. They.called themselves a family band because they were made up of siblings, except for Nesbit who was the official "orphan" in the band. Keely Nesbit said, "We all grew up knowing each other." Over the years, more and more people have been added to the "family," including Claire Kepple, Garrett Hagwood, Aris Andrews, Caleb Collins, John Kennon Shea, Graham Shea, Anna Shea, Nick Simons and, this year, Chase Ramirez. The band's first gig, by the band's original members, was at the Quincy Farmer's Market in 2012. That went so well that the band decided to give a holiday concert at Christmas She formed a band with family band are in the band that year. Emmanuel Lemnah and Lumbercat: Alex and The band gave another Chris.Retallack in 2012 called Emmanuel Lemnah, Caleb concert.on New Year's 2014, Toboggan Squad. Collins, Nick Simons and and it has become a Nesbit also studied musicAris Andrews. Lumbercat much-anticipated treat onfor a year at Humboldt state will be playing the West End i! New Year's Day. University, She then traveled Theater in Quincy on Jan. 15. Nesbit handled a lot of the to work in Australia and The Happy Happy Joy Joy concert logistics this year. China. Family Band will be playing "The holiday concerts areNesbit returned to Quincyat The Saint in Reno on Jan. our way of giving back to the and now spends part of her 17. community we love so time living in Quincy and the Nesbit commented that much," she said. other part living in. Reno. what she likes ab5ut music is Nesbit, 25, grew up in a When asked why she "everything." "It is the musical family. Her dad thought a small town likeperfect outlet for me played guitar and drums in Quincy had so many fme .artistically as it combines church bands, musicians, Nesbit responded feelings and poetry." Nesbit taught herself howthat many of her bandmates Toboggan Squad may start to play guitar and as a kid had taken music lessons from performing again as all the she played and sang for local teacher Johnene members are living nearby youth and church groups. McDonald; who also conducts now. Given the recent snow, Nesbit has learned how to .... the High Sierra Communitythis might be an apropos play other instruments over Orchestra. time. the years. Several members of the Natalie Kepple plays cello during a New Year's performance. Photo by Steve Wathen Kelsey Kepple sings Band's performance during the Happy Happy Joy Joy Family in the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy on Jan. Alex Lemnah recites his poetry to the audience during the Happy Happy Joy Joy Family Band's performance in the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy on Jan. 1. Photo by Steve Wathen Keyboard player Alex Lemnah plays at the Town Hall Theatre. Photo by Steve Wathen Children reaching out to touch the back of Graham Shea's "charango" during intermission during the Happy Happy Joy Joy Family Band's performance in the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy on January 1. The "charango" is a lute-family instrument used to play traditional rural (Huayno) music in the Andes of South America. The soundbox was made from the shell from the back of an armadillo, which the kids couldn't resist. Photo by Steve Wathen i