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April 8, 2013

Timberlane band brings friends full circle

Friendship forged at Timberlane comes full circle

PLAISTOW — Jane Roberts says life has truly come full circle for her and childhood friend Susan Jette.

The two friends, both now 53, met in high school when they were members of the Timberlane Regional High School marching band in 1977.

Now, they live on opposite sides of the country. Their friendship has lasted. The two women get together every year or two — on one side of the country or the other. This month, the band will unite them once again.

Jette’s and Roberts’ nephews both play in the Timberlane marching band, which is going to Disney World to perform during April vacation. The childhood friends will be there, too.

“We were talking late last year and she mentioned that she was going to Disney World in April,” Jette said. “I told her I was thinking of going to Disney World around the same time. I was on the fence about it, but that convinced me. We had no idea it would be for the same reason.”

Jette, a California resident, and Roberts, who lives in Reading, Mass., met at Timberlane. Until a few months ago, they had no idea their nephews shared the same bond they did.

“My husband and I go to Disney every two years,” Roberts said. “Coincidentally, this was the year we were going. Then we found out after the fact the Timberlane band would be there and that both of our nephews would be playing.”

Jette’s nephew, senior Daniel Main of Danville, plays percussion. Roberts’ nephew, freshman Andrew Gallant of Plaistow, plays the trumpet.

“This was just such a delightful surprise,” Roberts said. “Music has meant a lot to our friendship, so this is going to be great to see.”

The families have planned the whole trip around the bands. Jette said she is looking forward to seeing Roberts’ parents, whom she hasn’t seen in a decade.

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