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Ad Astra Per Aspera members, from left, include Scott Edwards,
Brooke Hunt, Mike Tuley, Kurt Lane and Julie Noyce.

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Ad Astra Per Aspera strives to achieve musical motto

The band Ad Astra Per Aspera shares more than just its name with the Kansas state motto. "To the stars through difficulties" has become something of a personal credo for the Lawrence five-piece. "In the beginning we chose the name mostly because we like the way it sounded -- and us all being from Kansas was important as a Kansas pride thing," says Julie Noyce, keyboardist/vocalist for Ad Astra Per Aspera.

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