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Marching Marksmen benefit from correctional center talents

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The Tell City Marching Marksmen’s 2013 season ended last month after showcasing its members’ talents in front of thousands of people. The colorful backdrops the band used over the course of the marching season were a credit to staff and offenders at Branchville Correctional Facility.

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Offenders there painted the canvas boards emblazoned with the slogan “The Struggle Within,” other words and designs that reflected the band’s musical theme for the year.

Offenders who did the work were residents in the correctional facility’s Purposeful Living Units Serve dormitory. Men there have provided a variety of services to the community. Branchville staff supervised the effort and the completed canvas backdrops were delivered to the band at the start of the season.

Branchville offenders in the PLUS program who worked on the band project were Ronald Cain, Alexander Piano, William Moore, James Bowzer, Michael Murphy, William McGuire, Ryan Turner and Marshall Land.