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

Press Release:

Haywood Community Band Travels to Outer Space on Sundays, August 17 and August 24

The Haywood Community Band performs two free August concerts; the first on Sunday, August 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Maggie Valley Pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Town Hall and the following week, Sunday, August, 24, 6:30 p.m. at the lakefront next to Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska Assembly. The community is invited to join the band on a trip to the planets and beyond in a program called, “Out of this World.”
The line up includes Moon River, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, themes from Star Trek, Star Wars, and Avatar, Harold Arlen’s Over the Rainbow, the Jupiter movement from Gustav Holst’s The Planets, and new compositions Beyond the Darkness and Moonrise and Dance.
The Community Band performs a concert of new selections each month from May through early November with only four rehearsals for each concert, a rarity for bands. The crowds have been enthusiastic with standing ovations at the end.
Maggie Valley’s open air pavilion and the backdrop of Lake Junaluska are perfect settings for an evening of live popular music. Bring a picnic and enjoy the mountain sunset as you listen.
The August program was created and will be conducted by Haywood County resident Sarah Cifani, a professional musician and retired band director.
The 2014 season presents the largest membership in the band's history. All musicians played their instruments during school years. Some members have returned to their instrument later in life, others have always played, and new performers are invited to join. If interested playing with the Haywood Community Band, contact Band President Rhonda Wilson Kram, 456-4880. Rehearsals are held each Thursday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the parish hall of Grace Church in the Mountains, 394 N. Haywood Street, Waynesville. The band’s web site is http://www.haywoodcommunityband.org

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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