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Wendell Nash plays a six-string, Blueridge cutaway dreadnought acoustic/electric guitar March 7 in his studio at Whitney Music Center in Willmar. Nash, who has spent parts of the past five decades performing in a variety of bands, offers guitar lessons at Whitney Music. Tribune photo by Dan Burdett

THE MUSIC MAN: Five decades in music comes full circle for Willmar resident

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For Wendell Nash, five words changed his life: "Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles." It was Feb. 9, 1964, and the legendary band was appearing on the "Ed Sullivan Show" for the first time. Minutes later they had laid the foundation to a musical revolution that would be the benchmark for everything that followed.

"You could say that moment had somewhat of an impact," Nash, 61, recalled during an interview March 7 at Whitney Music Center in Willmar. "I said: 'I wanna do that.'"

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Dan Burdett
Dan Burdett is the community content coordinator at the West Central Tribune. He has 13 years experience in print media, to include four years enlisted service in the United States Air Force. He has been an employee of Forum Communications since 2005, joining the company after spending two years as the managing editor of the Redwood Gazette and Livewire in Redwood Falls. Prior to his current position, Dan was the presentation editor at the Tribune.
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