Community band salutes America July 20

Jul 16, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo Tuba players Jim Juhnke and John Shafer

The Haywood Community Band performs its free annual “Salute to America” concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20 in the Maggie Valley Pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Town Hall.

Concerts are held each third Sunday evening through the summer and fall with a program of new selections. 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.

Selections include the premier John Philip Sousa marches “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Semper Fidelis,” George M. Cohan’s “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Armed Forces Salute,” the swing tune “In the Mood,” “Ever Braver, Ever Stronger,” “American Salute” based on the tune “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” and Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”

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 conducted 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 2014 season presents the largest membership in the band's history and the crowds at the concerts continue to grow. 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 website is

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