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(photo by John and Sharon Hall at June 2012 concert)

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

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.

Mary Thomas conducting the band.

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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