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At 5:35am on January 2, 2010, Leslie Purcell Upchurch said…
Hi Darden!

The three tunes are on your profile - yeah! Love your CD. Now, to continue creating buzz about it!

Hope to see you soon,
Love,
Leslie
At 2:30am on May 28, 2009, tim max said…
HELLO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 4:56am on May 27, 2009, Chris Thomas said…
I just looked into the broadcast that Shawn's doing on Friday. I'll be in school so I can't make it. Is there an archive that can be accessed after the fact. I would still love to listen. Let me know.

Chris
At 4:47am on May 27, 2009, Chris Thomas said…
Darden,
This site is actually my first attempt at the whole "MySpace" or "Facebook" type of site. Thank you for adding me as a friend. You are my first. It was a pleasure to have met you this past weekend. Sorry it wasn't under better cirrcumstances. It was great seeing Shawn again. It's been a while. I've actually got some things I would like to share with you both. I have a couple of recordings I did with Randy. Unfortunately they are not professionally done. Some are on a on cassete tape. Every then and again I would bring a tape recorder to the gig. The other is actually my senior recital at Duquesne (1994). I did some three horn arrangements. Randy was one of my horns. He's got solos on those tunes too. I'm going to look into converting them to digital. If I can get that done I will send you guys a copy.

Take care,
Chris
At 4:23pm on May 26, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
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Welcome
Feel free to check out my New Album!
Enjoy the ride! Luiz
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At 2:36am on May 26, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Darden,

It was a pleasure meeting you and seeing Shawn on Saturday although the occasion was melancholy. We are happy to have the Purcell family represented on the network. Randy was too ill to join by the time we started but collectively we can continue his memory and legacy here and well as sharing the continued musical accomplishments of the Purcell clan. Thank you for joining and please add me as a friend.

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