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By Dena Martin
The Times 

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Football injury dashes plans for Switchgrass Delta's sister-city exchange tour


October 12, 2017

Courtesy Photo

Switchgrass Delta members performed at a Lost Apple Project fundraiser on Saturday night in spite of member Chris Philbrook sustaining a severe football injury the night before. L to r: Emma Philbrook, Kaleb Kuykendall, Robert Walsh, Philbrook.

WAITSBURG – Seven years ago Chris Philbook knocked on Kate Hockersmith's door saying he wanted to be a Troublemaker (a youth bluegrass band member) and travel to Japan like they had. On Tuesday, that dream was supposed to come true. Instead, Philbrook will be undergoing surgery with his fellow band members staying stateside to offer support.

Philbrook got Kate Hockersmith back in the bluegrass business in 2010 when he came calling, asking how he could be a Troublemaker. That parent-led bluegrass band played throughout the valley for years and traveled to Japan as part of the Walla Walla-...

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