Bodle has degrees in math and psychology, and for her Master's
theses in architecture helped design and build an energy efficient home.
She teaches Italian at the University of Kansas. Considered too smart to
play with the Packers, she uses her math skills to count out the rhythm.
When the rhythm wavers Lauralyn berates the band in Italian.
Fiddle, bass, vocals and big hair
Brothers is the leader of the pack and chairman of the "wash"
board. Jim founded the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band in 1979. Jim is
also a prominent sculptor with works including the National D-Day Memorial
in Bedford, VA and a life-sized General Dwight D. Eisenhower in the U.S.
Capitol. Jim likes to play with cars in his spare time.
Washboard, jaw harp, whistles, horns and guns
Kirby's picture is in the American Heritage Dictionary (American
Heritage, 2nd college edition) next to "dulcimer". He is an artist
by trade, with a degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. He plays the
hammered dulcimer that he designed and built.
Hammered dulcimer, accordian, snare drum, bodhran, vocals and vocal impressions
a day job Steve Mason is a luthier: one who repairs, improves
and creates stringed instruments. To make a guitar he starts with a tree
and carves away everything that doesn't look like a guitar. He has a degree
in Biology and he's only five years of graduate school and a dissertation
short of a PhD.
Fiddle, Guitar, Bass, Mandolin and Vocals
Yoder admits to being the chief photographer at The Lawrence
Journal-World newspaper. Some of his photographs can be seen in the books
"America 24/7" and "Kansas 24/7". He usually drives
Goeke excels on the banjo and the bass and is a former Industrial
Education teacher with 26 years as a teaching professional. Steve spends
most of his time these days building banjos and restoring vintage U.S.
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