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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 Opens 2015 Season
on Sunday, May 17
Concerts held in the open-air Maggie Valley Community Pavilion

The first concert of the Haywood Community Band’s 2015 season of free monthly programs, held in the beautiful setting of the Maggie Valley Community Pavilion, is Sunday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. “Favorites from the Music Library” is the theme for the evening, with songs from the wide-ranging melodies of popular music.
Concert goers will hear a tribute to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln; a medley of songs by George Gershwin who along with his lyricist brother Ira composed more than two dozen scores for Broadway and Hollywood; the theme of the popular 70s television show The Rockford Files; rock hits by The Rolling Stones; a medley of tunes from the film Mary Poppins; and a selection titled Best Broadway Marches.
A beautifully scored ballad in the British folk song style, Greenwillow Portrait, will also be heard along with a tone poem, Awakening Hills, which begins with a peaceful morning theme and then moves to the sounds of the countryside coming alive.
In May the band remembers and honors its members who have passed away over the years. Join us in that memory and in the recollection of the cessation of Civil War hostilities 150 years ago. Our cultural life here in the United States is rich and varied and we hope to celebrate anniversaries of many of the highlights of that shared life as we go through our season.

The Maggie Valley Pavilion is a covered, open-air building. Many people also bring lawn chairs and picnics as they enjoy the fresh mountain air and the setting sun along with the music.
New members are welcome to join the Haywood Community Band. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Grace Church in the Mountains, Episcopal, 394 Haywood Street, Waynesville. Contact Band President Rhonda Wilson Kram at 828-456-4880 if you are interested in either playing with the band or donating to the band’s program of providing musical instruments for local school students.
Concerts are held on the third Sunday of the month through October with additional concerts listed at the Events and Schedule link.

For those interested in performing this season, call Haywood Community 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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N.C. Arts Council

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