Empty chairs are all that’s left from the Texas book festival. Chairs that once swarmed with book readings, laughter, music and festivities, are now being put away. Thanks for following us this weekend while we toured the Texas book festival.
Coverage by Sebastian Herrera, Sami Badgen, Heather Leighton and Corynn Wilson
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For three years, 17-year-old Glenn Peterson Jr. and his brother 14 year-old Alex Peterson have been gracing the stage of the Texas Book Festival as part of a blues band called “The Peterson Brothers Band” that began five years ago.
Based in Austin, the brothers have been slowly climbing up the music ladder and have become one of the more notable Austin artists on the scene.
By Sebastian Herrera
The tapping of the students’ feet causes the bouncing in their knees and flows up to the swaying of their bodies as they beat to the rhythm of the steel drums.
Students in the Knights of Steel from McCallum High School performed today at the Texas book festival at the children’s entertainment tent.
"My favorite part is to see the students expressing and enjoying themselves through the music," said Matt Ehlers, band director of the steel drum band.
During the performance he occasionally corrects the rhythm of the players and a smile of encouragement shines when the student gets on time.
"I love watching them being so happy and uninhibited." Ehlers said.
The students have a hint of a smile with extreme concentration in their eyes during the performance. This is the fifth time they have performed at the festival.
The 16-year-old program has grown from four steel drums to now 22 with 74 students in the program.
After the last song, the audience bursts into applause and there is a sense of relief of another successful year at the Texas book festival.
By Heather Leighton
Edited by Corynn Wilson
State Trooper Nazareno (who would not give his first name) said they have not had any safety issues today after yesterday’s gun incident.— Sebastian A. Herrera (@SebasAHerrera) October 27, 2013