The band preparing for our concert at Lake Junaluska August 24, 2014
Photo courtesy of Dan Jenkins
Concert at First United Methodist Church 2014
Strike Up the Band!
The Haywood Community Band begins rehearsals for 2016 season of concerts
On the third Sunday evening of May, the sounds of popular music will again fill the open air Maggie Valley Community Pavilion as concert goers enjoy the start of the Haywood Community Bandís 2016 season. Before the free concerts can begin, however, rehearsals for the bandís fifteenth season began on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall of Grace Episcopal Church in the Mountains, 394 Haywood Street, in downtown Waynesville.
Members of the band learned their instruments when younger, and although many had not played for years, the joy of music making returns. New members are welcome, and if interested in performing with the band, come to the first rehearsal or contact Band President Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456-4880.
The bandís season covers a variety of music from swing and jazz to folk tunes, marches, and arrangements of classical masterpieces. Each year new selections are introduced to the repertoire, and a highlight of the concerts are the conductorís informative and clever introductions to each piece on the program.
Maggie Valley concerts are held each third Sunday evening of the month from May through October. They begin at 6:30 p.m. The quality of the performances has resulted in standing ovations at every concert.
With donations received at the concerts, the Haywood Community Band has helped to further the education of local students by granting scholarship funds to school musicians to attend summer band camps, giving the adults of the community an outreach to the local public school music programs. To date, thousands of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to Haywood County young people.
Founded in 2002 by local resident Bob Hill when an announcement in The Mountaineer brought together seven volunteers, the concert band now has more than 40 members and is under the experienced leadership of Mary Thomas, Sarah Cifani, and Pat Stone, all of whom taught music in public school systems before their retirements to Haywood County.
All of the conductors and many of the band members also play in additional ensembles, orchestras, and bands in Western Carolina.
For those interested in picking up their instrument and enjoying the companionship of music performance, call band president Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456-4880. The first rehearsal of the 2016 season will be on Thursday, March 3, at Grace Church in the Mountains, Episcopal, on Haywood Street, 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 bandís 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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.