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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

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Haywood Community Band performs a Musical Salute to America on Fourth of July in downtown Waynesville

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, the Haywood Community Band will play a Salute to America in front of the Haywood County Courthouse in downtown Waynesville on Independence Day. Beginning with a community singing of our national anthem, the concert will include the “Armed Forces Salute,” John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” Richard Rodger’s “Victory at Sea,” “You're a Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America the Beautiful” and more.
Seven members of the band served in the United States Armed Forces, and 24 members have a close relative who wore the uniform of our country. Bring a lawn chair and hat and enjoy an outdoor concert with the stirring music we love. Membership in the band is the highest in its history.


Haywood Community Band “Salutes America” Sunday, July 19 at the Maggie Valley Community Pavilion

The Haywood Community Band performs its annual “Salute to America” concert on Sunday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Maggie Valley Community Pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Town Hall. Concerts are held each third Sunday evening through the summer and fall with a monthly program of new selections. The free programs of live music are sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association.

The July program is filled with songs that celebrate the United States and includes a salute to all men and women who served in the Armed Forces. After a community singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” the audience will hear the premier John Philip Sousa march “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” George M. Cohan’s “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Armed Forces Salute,” “Victory at Sea” by Richard Rodgers, “Ever Braver, Ever Stronger,” “Fantasy on Yankee Doodle,” “The Ultimate Patriotic Sing-Along,” and “Freedom” by Michael W. Smith.

Maggie Valley’s open air pavilion is the perfect setting for an evening of live popular music. Bring a picnic and enjoy the mountain sunset as you listen.
The program was created and will be led by the band’s three conductors Pat Stone, Mary Thomas, and Sarah Cifani, all of whom are former music educators and life-long performers.

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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