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Darneisha Airhart at the Fort Smith Museum of History autographing copies of her new book…

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

”Louder & Funnier” about Fort Smith musician and bandleader, Alphonso Trent and his Orchestra. Aimed at children who might never have heard of this local celebrity from the 1930s.

Written by talented new author, Darneisha Airhart and illustrated by equaling talented young artist, Nadia Lougin, the book is a delightful introduction to the life of local bandleader Alphonso Trent (1902-1959). Trent‘s band was popular during the Age of Jazz and they traveled around the United States, entertaining live audiences. They even recorded records that you can find on YouTube:

Available in both Hardcover and Softcover, this book will be a joyful keepsake for adults and a learning tool for youngsters of all ages.

For local and regional booksignings…at bookstores, museums and schools…contact Red Engine Press at

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