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(photo by John Hall at September 2014 concert)

The band preparing for our concert at Lake Junaluska August 24, 2014
Photo courtesy of Dan Jenkins

Press Release:

Haywood Community Band performs “Americana” concert on Sunday, October 18 in Maggie Valley Community Pavilion

The Haywood Community Band presents a concert of music that recalls the breadth of the American landscape on Sunday, October 18, in the open-air Maggie Valley Community Pavilion in Maggie Valley. The free concert, “Americana,” begins at 6:30 p.m.
Concert goers will hear the “Blue Ridge Saga” by James Swearingen, a folk setting that reflects on the beauty and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains, “Kentucky – 1800” based on three traditional tunes reminiscent of the years when the pioneers were forging west, and the American folk song “The Water Is Wide.” Also on the program are the beloved African-American spiritual “My Lord, What a Mornin’,” “National Emblem March,” the theme from John Williams’ film score “The Cowboys,” an arrangement of “This is My Country,” and the well-known 1960s song “On Broadway.”
Members of the community band also reflect the vastness of America, having first learned their instruments in the seventeen states of Illinois, Georgia, New York, California, Missouri, Florida, Iowa, Tennessee, Mississippi, New Jersey, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Alabama, Wisconsin, Texas, and Indiana, as well as North Carolina. The musicians now come together to play before enthusiastic crowds. Each concert has ended with a standing ovation. The programs are sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association.

On Sunday, November 1 at 4 p.m., the community band has its final performance of the 2015 season in the acoustically thrilling sanctuary of First United Methodist Church on Haywood Street in Waynesville.

If you are interested in performing with the band, contact Band President Rhonda Wilson Kram, 828-456-4880. Rehearsals for the 2016 season begin the first Thursday of March next year.

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 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


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: musemarythomas@aol.com



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.
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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: musemarythomas@aol.com for more information.


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