The band preparing for our concert at Lake Junaluska August 24, 2014
Photo courtesy of Dan Jenkins
Haywood Community Band concludes 2014 season with concert honoring Bob Hill, the band’s founder
The Haywood Community Band ends its 2014 season with a festive concert in the acoustically exhilarating sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The afternoon’s program, which is free and begins at 4 p.m., features favorite concert pieces from the successful 2014 season, performed in gratitude for the beloved man who came to Haywood County in 2000 and decided that our town needed a community band to play the popular music of America.
Before his retirement, Bob Hill took a course in conducting at Wichita State University with plans to start up a band when he and his wife Elaine arrived in Waynesville. He had loved band music from childhood and played piccolo in bands throughout his life. “When I retired, I decided to pursue my passion,” Hill said. Fourteen years later his dream continues to grow as each year new members bring their musical talents to the band.
Although some members have performed throughout their lives, many others have taken out neglected instruments from closets and attics. Thanks to Bob Hill, a steady stream of performers has realized the joy of playing with a group of performers, led by experienced conductors.
For those interested in performing next season, call Haywood Community Band President Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456-4880.
Rehearsals for the 2015 season will be on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Grace Church in the Mountains, Episcopal, 394 Haywood Street, Waynesville and resume on March 5, 2015.
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.