The band preparing for our concert at Lake Junaluska August 24, 2014
Photo courtesy of Dan Jenkins
Haywood Community Band presents “Americana” concert on Sunday, October 19
The Haywood Community Band presents a free concert of popular music evoking the heart of America on Sunday, October 19, in Maggie Valley’s Community Pavilion. The program, “Americana,” begins at 6:30 p.m. with a ragtime classic, music of the Blue Ridge and the Broadway stage, an African American spiritual, a tune that evokes the era of shaped note singing, a circus march, and another with tunes of the Civil War.
Scott Joplin’s 1902 piano rag classic The Entertainer had a rebirth in the 1970s as the theme music of the Oscar winning film The Sting and continues to entertain audiences today. The Blue Ridge Reel was inspired by a composer’s visit to Asheville when he heard several bluegrass bands. The piece pays homage to the form and style of a traditional Irish reel. The evening also includes musical highlights from Jerry Herman’s beloved Hello Dolly, and a delightful early circus march, Bombasto. Composer Michael Sweeney’s Lincoln Legacy combines songs of the Civil War into a medley in honor of our 16th President.
Also on the program are an arrangement of My Lord What a Mornin’, Prairie Songs, and the shaped note inspired I’m Going Home from Echoes of the Hollow Square, a musical style featured in the movie Cold Mountain.
The Community Pavilion, adjacent to the Maggie Valley Town Hall, is a covered open-air setting allowing views of the magnificent fall foliage. Audiences for the 2014 series of concerts, sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association, have responded to the band’s programs with enthusiastic standing ovations.
The 2014 concert series concludes on Sunday, November 2, with a selection of 2014 favorites in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Waynesville.
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.