Sisters Diane Holcomb and Marilyn Wrenn have been sitting side by side or at least close together and playing music for 30 years.
Sunday afternoon, they'll take the stage during Symphony Sunday, where Wrenn will play flute and Holcomb will play clarinet for the Charleston Metro Band. They're among several family groups that belong to the band.
"We crack each other up - we can't look at each other when we're playing," Wrenn said.
The sisters are proud band geeks who have found a nice adult outlet for performing.
Wrenn, 45, and Holcomb, 48, grew up in Kanawha City, where their parents encouraged them to take music lessons.
"Our folks just thought it was important for us to join the band," Wrenn recalled. She picked up the flute while she was a student at Kanawha City Elementary School, and her older sister took violin lessons.
Holcomb switched to clarinet in junior high, and the sisters played in band together through junior high and high school.
Holcomb was one of the founders of the Metro Band and when Wrenn moved back to Charleston from Lexington, Ky., in 1996, she joined, too.
"We have a third sister who played sax and was a majorette, but we can't talk her into joining," Wrenn said.
Wrenn said the band is the perfect outlet for her, offering a chance to play and perform without being too much of a commitment.
"It's very flexible and folks are very understanding about it," she said. Music selection is a collaborative process between band director Dick Stockton and musicians.
"The director and other band members will bring out music and we run through it. We have a collective process," she said.
"We kind of know what our strengths are and what we're good at playing."
Wrenn's two children also are musicians - they play sax and cymbals - and her husband plays snare drum. Both her husband and her older daughter, the cymbal player, have filled in with the Metro Band.
"So the second generation of band geeks is coming on strong," she said.