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Published November 27, 2012, 09:29 PM

Two residents at a Fargo retirement center share their love of music

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Retirement living centers and nursing homes often have to pay a fee for some of their entertainers to come in for the residents. But at South Fargo's Riverview Place, a "two piece orchestra" came to play again today. And the performers didn't have far to travel.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Retirement living centers and nursing homes often have to pay a fee for some of their entertainers to come in for the residents. But at South Fargo's Riverview Place, a "two piece orchestra" came to play again today. And the performers didn't have far to travel.

Marcus Schneider and Gloria Olig have a loyal fan base, and for good reason.

"It takes a lot to pack the activity room at Riverview Place when it is also Bingo day."

But when the E-flats are playing, the fans show up.

Gloria Olig has been playing tenor sax since she was a teenager in her parents traveling band: The Burleson's Orchestra.

"And I have been playing it ever since."

And Marcus Schneider has been playing the accordion and key board since he and his Blue Rhythm traveled the barn dances of central North Dakota after the war.

"And that was a long time ago."

Marcus and Gloria met after they moved into Riverview place a few years ago. Now they practice twice a week, both playing music by ear, and its like they read each others musical minds.

Gloria: "Like I say I never thought I would never think we could find someone with the same interests that I have."

The residents love it. Two of their own, entertaining the day away. And for the E-flats, it means retirement is not about watching the minutes tick by. It is about their music and living.

"It's wonderful. This is the best place to be. I love it up here."

A tenor sax, and keyboard brining all the songs they remember from the barn dances and dance halls of yesterday.

"Doing something good, anyway."

"American Idol...senior style."

"I think it has kept me young."

Another milestone for keyboard player Marcus Schneider? He recently played for his great great grandson.

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