Faith Bemiss | Democrat Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival performer Daniel Souvigny, 13, of Hampshire, Ill., plays Wednesday in a free venue at the Stauffacher Building lobby at State Fair Community College. Souvigny has been playing piano since age 5.
Faith Bemiss | Democrat Souvigny heats up the keys on Wednesday playing for a nearly full house in the lobby of SFCC’s Stauffacher Building.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Bridget Calzaretta and Paul Asaro, one of the festival performers, put their new dancing knowledge to use as they dance to ragtime music performed by Scott Kirby in Cakewalk Hall in the Fox Event Theater on Thursday.
Faith Bemiss | Democrat Scott Joplin performer Adam Swanson, 22, waits to play at the Stauffacher Building on Wednesday. Swanson, who had never played a piano before, became inspired at age 10 when he heard the “Maple Leaf Rag” for the first time. He now performs all across the country.
Faith Bemiss | Democrat Former Civil Air Patrol Sedalia Cadet Squadron member Katherine Lawson hands chairs to Cadet Sr. Airman Andrew Sites and Cadet Airman 1st Class Nathan Koeller as the group readies the John Stark Pavilion on Wednesday. Standing behind them is Cadet Staff Sgt. Alex Young. Volunteers from CAP help with the set-up and take-down of the three Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival tents each year, said Scott Joplin International Foundation Secretary Tabitha Lazenby.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Tex Wyndham performs a ragtime piece composed by George Meyer about the first day of Prohibition at the Gazebo Park venue on Thursday. Wyndham was one of a few performers who sang with several of his songs. He also gave a brief history of each song he played.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Linda Hoffman, left, and Anna Lee Bail practice their dancing skills during the dance instruction session at Cakewalk Hall in the Fox Event Theater on Thursday. Hoffman and Bail were hostesses for the dance events, and both were wearing festive piano-themed outfits.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Brooks Christensen plays the “Chestnut Valley Rag” in the John Stark Pavilion on Thursday during the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival. “This is for you Trebor,” Christensen said before he sat at the piano bench, referring to Trebor Tichenor, a well-known ragtime pianist who died earlier this year. Several pianists dedicated songs to Tichenor during the festival.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat John Remmer performs the “Palm Leaf Rag” at the Maple Leaf Park venue on Thursday during the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival.