The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it has chosen William Parnall, a New Mexico native and Division I Judge of the New Mexico 2nd Judicial District Court, to provide the voice of Zozobra when Old Man Gloom gets torched in September.

Parnall was one of about 60 people who auditioned for the role earlier this month.

The Albuquerque native studied law at the University of New Mexico School of Law and served as a public defender and private lawyer for years. He started the rock band Money, Guns and Lawyers, which played local venues from the 1970s into the 1990s. In the ’80s, his band performed at the foot of Zozobra. He still plays harmonica with the Incredible Woodpeckers. Parnall was appointed to the bench in 2007.

General Assignment Reporter

Robert Nott has covered education and youth issues for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is assigned to The New Mexican's city desk where he covers a general assignment beat.

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