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Spotted: Singing Bureaucrats

By Ed O'Keefe

The EPA band performs Wednesday during the agency's Earth Day celebrations. (Photo by EPA)

If you hear some big band sounds coming from a conference room at EPA headquarters today, do not be alarmed.

It's just the EPA Band, holding their regularly scheduled Friday lunchtime rehearsal.

The group of of 15 to 20 employees has played together for at least 10 years, according to EPA spokesman Brendan Gilfillan, most recently at Wednesday's EPA Earth Day party.

The band specializes in big band charts and performs at agency retirement parties, awards ceremonies and other events.

For those of you keeping score, there's the EPA Band, the Labor Department's Big Choir, the Department of Interior's DOI Choir 38-year Interior veteran Belva Fletcher, who has performed the national anthem at two of Michelle Obama's agency visits.

Do you know of any other musical federal employees, either solo acts, bands or choirs? Leave information on them in the comments section below.

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The EPA Region 5 office in Chicago has a folk band that has played together since 1996, known as The Earth Tones. We sing and play a mixture of folk, Celtic, and old-timey music. Current members include Karen Reshkin on fiddle, Bill Tong on tenor banjo and 12-string guitar, Mary Ann Suero on guitar, Ted Smith on guitar, and Rich Murawski on drums. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC found our Earth Day video from April 2008 when she reported on "EPA's Musical Nature":

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Posted by: TongWilliam | April 25, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

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