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Selective Memory renews old friendships and classic songs

July 19, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

The band's name might be Selective Memory, but those who have seen the classic rock outfit will certainly remember the sounds emanating from the stage.

Selective Memory will be one of the bands performing at this year's Village Fair on August 11 at the Prairie Village Museum.

The band joins members from one of Rugby's most famous bands, The Wonders of Confusion, with friends and family members to perform some of the classic rock hits of The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Van Morrison, among others.

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Selective Memory includes Rugby/Fillmore natives (left to right) Brian Weimer, Terry Brenno, Carl Weimer, Colleen Jelsing, Kurt Eylands and Kris Eylands. Taking Kris’ place at the Village Fair performance will be Jan Stroup, lead guitarist with Twin Cities-based band The Sevilles.

The Wonders of Confusion, featuring Terry Brenno, Carl Weimer and Stan Hagen, formed Selective Memory as a project to get together on a musical level.

Brenno and Weimer added Carl's brother Brian Weimer, along with Kris and Kurt Eylands from Grand Forks.

The band offers a chance for the friends to get together, often in Rugby, and relive the fun times from decades ago.

I can't wait for this thing," said Brenno, who lives in Rugby. "There's a certain camaraderie if you play in a band with somebody. It's just like a special bond, like being on a basketball team.

It's really exciting to unite with these past band members and some new people to make music. I'm really excited."

The Weimers are both Rugby natives, and they look forward to every opportunity to get back to see old friends.

"I love getting back to Rugby," Brian Weimer said. "It really means a lot to us to come back.We don't have family in town anymore so we'll take any excuse to come back and this is a good one."

Many of the group's shows have been fundraisers. During Rugby's 125th anniversary, the band raised money to purchase band instruments for Rugby High School in the name of legendary band conductor and music teacher Tilman Hovland.

Over the last couple of gigs, the band has added the talents of Colleen Jelsing, who played successfully in the Tampa Bay area under the stage name Anna O.

Jelsing, a keyboardist and singer, was named "Best of the Bay" four times and has performed at Austin's South by Southwest Festival.

For the performance at the Village Fair, the band will add old friend Jan Stroup. Stroup, who lived with Brenno and Carl Weimer while they were attending University of North Dakota.

Stroup, who will be subbing for Kris Eylands, has played with the Sevilles in Minnesota since 1986.

While the band members don't get time to practice together on a regular basis, they have used technology to trade ideas and songs.

And most of the tunes they perform are classics that are easily recognizable to both the listener and the audience.

"It's helped us to practice when we're not together in the same place," Brian Weimer said. "We'll exchange emails or songlists."

The group will feature Kurt Eylands on drums, Brenno on keyboards and vocals, Carl Weimer and Stroup on guitar, Brian Weimer on bass and Jelsing on vocals and keyboards.



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