The band preparing for our concert at Lake Junaluska August 24, 2014
Photo courtesy of Dan Jenkins
Community Band Explores Popular Musical Styles
The August concert of the Haywood Community Band will take the audience on a rousing journey through the varied styles of popular music. It will be performed in the open-air Maggie Valley Community Pavilion on Sunday, August 16, at 6:30 p.m., and is directed by music educator Pat Stone who created the distinctive program. The concerts are free.
“The Haywood Community Band has improved over the several years that I have been a member,” she says. “It's as exciting to watch and hear the performers growing as individuals as well as the group as a whole. The band has played music in many different styles from different eras, and in this concert I want to highlight the skills the band has developed. The August program is titled “Pick a style, any style” and features the band’s ability to play marches, movie tunes, jazz, swing, Dixieland, and also the accompaniment for solo and ensemble musicians.
The Maggie Valley Community Pavilion is a covered, open-air facility adjacent to the Maggie Town Hall. Seating is provided in the pavilion and many concerts goers also bring lawn chairs to sit on the grass and enjoy both the music and the beauty of evening sunsets. Picnic dinners may be brought to the concerts, which regularly end with a standing ovation.
“While music is ultimately about the notes and the rhythms, there is also stylistic nuance that makes the music sound most appropriate for the selection,” notes Stone. “A light-classical work differs from swing, and pops differs from a march. The trick is to know what to do and when to do it. The brain has to be engaged to coordinate fingers, breath, style, eyes, and ears to ensure that the correct notes are played at the correct time in the correct style with the correct emphasis, just for a piece of music that lasts a few minutes at a time.
“Considering that we are only performing eight different titles, that’s a lot of style awareness for the band members to know about and perform on demand.”
The 2015 season presents the largest membership in the band's history and the crowds at the concerts continue to grow and rise in a standing ovation at the end.
All musicians played their instruments during school years and welcome new performers to join. Contact Band President Rhonda Wilson Kram, 456-4880, if interested playing with the Haywood Community Band. Rehearsals are held each Thursday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The band’s web site is http://www.haywoodcommunityband.org
The Haywood Community Band is a member of the national Association of Concert Bands. Performances are held on the third Sunday evening of each month from May through October. They are sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association and supported in part by a grant from the Haywood County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. Those interested in performing with the community band may call band president Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456-4880.
The band would like to thank Haywood County residents and visitors who have attended our other concerts presented at the Maggie Valley Concert Series. We owe our success to our loyal music lovers. We would also like to express our appreciation to our local media for advertising our performances.
Band rehearsals are held at Grace In The Mountains Episcopal Church, 394 Haywood Street in Waynesville, at 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Anyone interested in joining the Haywood Community Band should call Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456-4880. Visit our website at
Donations of band instruments which are no longer need at home, are gladly accepted, refurbished, and loaned to local school band students for their use. The Community Band, in cooperation with band directors from Tuscola and Pishgah High Schools select students in the Spring for scholarships to attend summer music camp programs in the region.
The Haywood Community Band is supported in part by a grassroots grant from the Haywood County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. Monitory donations to the band are gladly accepted by the band.
For additional information, call Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456-4880, or visit our web site at www.haywoodcommunityband.org
If you are interested in joining the Haywood Community Band, we rehearse every Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 Haywood Street in Waynesville. Call Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456-4880 for more information.
We would be happy to have your unused band instruments for our LINKS program, Lonely Instruments Needing Kids. We refurbish instruments and loan them to needy school band students in Haywood County. This would be a tax deductible donation. Call Rhonda at the number listed above, or email Mary Thomas at: firstname.lastname@example.org
REHEARSALS ARE THURSDAYS AT 7PM AT THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN WAYNESVILLE, NC
394 N. Haywood St.
Formed to foster the community spirit with music, the Haywood Community Band has members of all ages and skills, and plays regular concerts during the Summer. Please feel free to explore our site.
L.I.N.K.S. - Lonely Instruments for Needy KidS
The Haywood Community Band sponsors the L.I.N.K.S. program. Students who cannot afford to purchase or rent an instrument can receive one of the instruments available for loan. School music staff and school guidance counselors approve applications. As long as a student participates successfully in the school band program he/she may continue to use the instrument free of charge. Students may also receive the instrument permanently if they have made satisfactory progress.
If you know of a child who may qualify, or if you have an instrument to donate, please contact program coordinator, Mary Thomas, at: email@example.com for more information.