Haywood Community Band Travels to Outer Space

Aug 13, 2014

The Haywood Community Band performs two free August concerts; the first at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, in the Maggie Valley Pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Town Hall and the following week, and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the lakefront next to Lake Junaluska Assembly’s Stuart Auditorium.

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. The crowds have been enthusiastic with standing ovations at the end. The program for the month was created and will be conducted by Haywood County resident Sarah Cifani, a professional musician and retired band director.

Maggie Valley’s open air pavilion on Aug. 17 and the backdrop of Lake Junaluska on Aug. 24 are perfect settings for an evening of live popular music. Bring a picnic and enjoy the mountain sunset as you listen.

The 2014 season presents the largest membership in the band's history. Some members have returned to their instrument later in life, while others have always played, and new performers are invited to join.

If interested in performing 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