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Press Release:

Haywood Community Band Travels Back to the Music of 1964
In concert on Sunday, September 21, 6:30 p.m.

It was an extraordinary time for pop music. In 1964 we listened to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones on AM radio, saw James Bond and Mary Poppins at the movies and Fiddler on the Roof on the stage, while Henry Mancini wrote themes for classic films that are still seen on television by new generations of movie fans. Music from all these groups and shows will be performed on the free September concert by the Haywood Community Band. It begins at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 21 in the Maggie Valley Pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Town Hall and is sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association. Each year, the band performs on the third Sunday evening of the month from May through October, playing to crowds who end the concerts with standing ovations.
Mary Thomas, a former music educator, is the conductor for the September show and created the program for the 50th anniversary of this turning-point period in American music.
“The band’s September program, Celebrating the Big 5-0, will bring back fun memories and remind us all of the wonderful music created in the mid-1960’s,” she says. “The band’s library already contained music by Mancini and the Beatles, and a few new acquisitions added awarding-winning musicals and film scores. The band has worked hard to perfect the rhythms and harmonies. We hope the magic will be there for our audience.
“Music has been in my life since the beginning; I started piano lessons at five years old,” notes Thomas, “By fourth grade I began on clarinet so scales and etudes were part of the work I did every day. Joining the band placed me on a team that needed every player and the results of that group effort was magical – interpreting written music to recreate the works of master composers. As the years went by I learned other instruments, the bass clarinet, bassoon, and oboe. I went to college to become a music educator, and I set out to enable young people to participate in the magic. Now I am retired, but the music goes on.
“For the last several years I’ve had an opportunity to return to the podium as one of the band’s co-conductors, all former school band directors. That experience gives us a unique perspective on developing the band’s abilities which have grown every year. It drives the choices we make in the music we program, and in addition to building skills, the music is entertaining for our audiences.”
The Community Pavilion in Maggie Valley is the perfect setting for an evening concert. It is covered and open-air on the sides – the perfect spot to bring a picnic while listening to a pops concert with beautiful sunsets as the backdrop.

The 2014 season presents the largest membership in the band's history. All musicians played their instruments during school years. Some members have returned to their instrument later in life, others have always played, and new performers are invited to join. If interested playing with the Haywood Community Band, contact Band President Rhonda Wilson Kram, 456-4880. Rehearsals are held each Thursday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the parish hall of Grace Church in the Mountains, 394 N. Haywood Street, Waynesville.


Maggie Valley Concert Series
Third Sunday Each Month, May thru October
6:30 PM - Maggie Valley Pavilion next to Town Hall

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. Our next concert series will start on the third Sunday of May, 2014, and will continue monthly thru October, 2014.


All of the band concerts are free and are held on the third Sunday of each month thru October in Maggie Valley.

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 www.haywoodcommunityband.org

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 Look for us in May, 2013, for the start of our Maggie Valley Concert Series.

For additional information, call Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456-4880, or visit us at www.haywoodcommunityband.org


Haywood Community Band Presents Scholarships to Local High School Students

Four students from Haywood County Schools have received scholarships to attend WCU’s Pride of the Mountains Band Summer Symposium. The Haywood Community Band presented the scholarships at the spring band concerts. Grace Antonicelli and Orian Gordon at Pisgah High School received a total of $400. Grace plays clarinet in the band and Orian contributes to the concert and jazz band. Tuscola High School students Georgia Simson, who plays alto saxophone, and flutist Lindsay Barth each received $200. All four students were selected this past year to play in the All-District Band. The Summer Symposium will be held July 8-11 and is hosted by the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band staff. This is a four-day long marching arts clinic on the campus of Western Carolina University. For over a decade, The Pride of the Mountains has annually hosted a summer symposium event as a means to educate and inspire high school students with a deep passion and desire for music. The symposium originally began as a drum major academy in 1996, and has since evolved into a program that ultimately provides long-term resources that empowers band students.

The Haywood Community Band supports instrumental music education in the county schools through two outreach programs. For middle high students a loan instrument programs has been created to provide additional instruments for beginning band instruction. That program was established in 2006, the realization of dream expressed by the band’s founder, Bob Hill. The high school scholarship was begun in 2009. Since then a total of $2300 has provided scholarships for ten students to attend various summer camp music programs. Funding for these projects comes from the Maggie Valley summer concert series where free-will donations are taken. Mary Thomas, one of the Community Band’s co-directors, manages this outreach. “The Community Band is committed to providing additional resources for the instrumental music program in Haywood County. The two fine high school bands and energetic middle school programs need the community’s support, particularly during these times of budget restrictions,” Ms. Thomas commented. The community can support the band’s effort by attending one of their concerts. The next two concerts will be July 15 and August 19 at 6:30 p.m. The concerts are held at the Maggie Valley Pavilion every third Sunday through October.


If you are interested in joining the Haywood Community Band, we rehearse every Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 Haywood Street in Waynesville. Rehearsals starts on March 8 at 6:30 PM the first week, then 7 PM thereafter. Call Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456-4880 for more information.


Spring cleaning time is approaching. 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: musemarythomas@aol.com for more information..


The band meets weekly on Thursdays at 7 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood Street in Waynesville, except for the first rehearsal which begins at 6:30pm. All interested concert band musicians are welcome to attend.
Donations to the band are gratefully accepted to keep up with expenses such as purchasing music, and repairing the "LINKS" instruments which are on loan to school musicians. L.I.N.K.S., Lonely Instruments Needing Kids, is a program that accepts donated new and used musical instruments which are refurbished, as needed, and are loaned to school musicians.


The Haywood Community Band provides four summer music camp scholarships to students in the band programs at both Tuscola High School and Pisgah High School. Criteria for the scholarships include instrumental experience, interest and enthusiasm. Recommendations from the school band directors are also used by the Scholarship Committee to determine the scholarship recipients.

The following students received scholarships for the year 2014:

Pisgah HS: Noah Waldrip, trombone and Nancy Jo Robinson, baritone
Tuscola HS: Fisher Charlton, clarinet and Zachary Ryan Price, percussion

The following students received scholarships for the year 2012:

Tuscola HS co-winners ($200 each): Georgia Simson, alto sax; Lindsay Barth, flute
Pisgah HS runner-up ($100): Orian Gordan, baritone and tenor sax
Pisgah HS winner ($300): Grace Antonicelli, clarinet

Here are the 2011 scholarship recipients:
Two co-winners at Tuscola ($200 each): Georgia simson, Lindsay Barth
One winner at Pisgah ($300): Grace Antonicelli
One runner-up at Pisgah ($100): Orian Gordon
Congratulations to these outstanding band members.

The Haywood Community Band is pleased to announce the 2010 scholarship winners: Sarah Rogers and Brandon Truitt from Tuscola High School, and Lori Neri from Pisgah High School.
This will be the fifth year the Community Band has offered scholarships to local students using funds that are donated to the band.

Free concerts are played in Maggie Valley on the third Sunday of each month, May through October. All concerts start at 6:30 PM at the Pavilion next to the Town Hall.

Watch this page for concert themes and dates.

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.

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