Free band concert highlights June music scene

Jun 11, 2014
Pat Stone conducts the Haywood Community Band.

The Haywood Community Band presents a concert of popular music at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 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 June concert will take the audience on a musical journey with the theme “Travelin’ Around.” Selections include “Jamaican Rumba,” John Philip Sousa’s “The Belle of Chicago March,” selections from the musical “Oklahoma,” The Girl from Ipanema,” “Companions on the Journey,” “Queen City March,” R. Vaughn Williams’ “Folk Songs from Somerset” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

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 Pat Stone, a music educator who retired to Haywood County from Georgia ten years ago.

“I've been in and around bands almost all of my life,” she said. “Playing in and directing a band is great fun, always a learning experience, and a rush of adrenalin. My life would be much less fulfilling without the total band experience.

“I am participating in more music now in Waynesville than at any other time in my life outside of my college years. I am thankful that this area has the music opportunities that it does, and that the people here are always welcoming new musical endeavors.”

Stone is the mother of two grown children, and in addition to her performances on oboe, she plays the alto saxophone, piano, and bassoon.

The 2014 season presents the largest membership in the band's history. All musicians played their instruments during school years and welcome new performers to join.

Contact Band President Rhonda Wilson Kram, 456-4880, if interested. Rehearsals are held each Thursday evening, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Grace Episcopal Church on Haywood Street in Waynesville. The website is http://www.haywoodcommunityband.org

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