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Bio

I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the fourth of March, 1944.  I was the first child of Martin Joseph Braun and Ruth Ann (nee Ziegler) Braun.  We moved to Pewaukee, Wisconsin in 1945.  My father died the next year of polio.  My mother remarried in 1954 and we moved to Little Rock, Arkansas.

I graduated from high school in 1962.  From 1962 to 1964 I attended Arkansas State Teachers College as a music major studying saxophone and oboe.  In 1964 I transferred to the University of Arkansas and in 1966 I enlisted in the United Stated Air Force as a Bandsman (oboe and saxophone).  I served two years at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana and two years at Torrejon Air Base just outside of Madrid, Spain.  Afterward, I returned to the University of Arkansas and graduated in History (not music) in 1972 and moved to back to Little Rock.  After a few years of working in social services, I moved to Urbana, Illinois to work and go to graduate school in Education and in 1988 moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where I worked in education and health care until my retirement in 2009.

Shortly after leaving the Air Force I sold all of my musical instruments.  A few years later I picked up a recorder, then a dulcimer, an autoharp and so on.  In 1977 I bought a concertina and began playing it with at least a modicum of regularity.  Somewhere along the line I also started singing with the concertina as backup.  In 2004 I bought a saxophone.  Now I sing in my church choir, play saxophone in a community band and jam with assorted old time, bluegrass and other folk musicians and when I get a chance I sing Sacred Harp.  I also will occasionally hit coffee shop or bar open mics.

My wife, children, extended family and friends form the core of my life.  In addition to music,  I’m interested in history, social issues (especially education and health care), the arts generally, science, philosophy, cooking, movies and reading.