Haywood Community Band trombones

The Haywood Community Band will present a free pops concert on Sunday, June 16 in Maggie Valley.

The June concert of the Haywood Community Band begins at 6:30 p.m. on in the open-air Maggie Valley Community Pavilion, 3987 Soco Road. It is the 17th season for the band, which continues to grow in members and precision. 

The June program is titled Top Notch Tunes and includes audience favorite “Kickin' Up Country,” a band favorite “Encanto,” and a rousing arrangement of Chuck Mangione’s “Land of Make Believe.”

Three new selections will be premiered. “Fanfare for Justice,” “American Big Top,” and “Southern Folk Rhapsody.” Each has a unique element, especially “American Big Top” which was written in the style of 20th-century American composer Charles Ives. “Those Fabulous Flutes” is a modern jazz selection featuring the flute section including piccolo and alto flute. Conductors Mary Thomas and Sarah Cifani will give informative introductions to each of the pieces.

A highlight of the evening will be a performance by Community Band scholarship winner Jennifer McHenry. McHenry is a 2019 graduate of Tuscola High School and is enrolled in the music program at Florida State University where she will major in performance this fall. On the 16th, she will play the popular “Gabriel’s Oboe,” the main theme from the 1986 film “The Mission” along with the band. She is the daughter of Angela and David McHenry and received the Haywood County Community Band $1,000 Tom Cifani Memorial Music Scholarship.

Cifani was a professional oboist in Chicago until retirement to Haywood County where he directed and performed with the community band for many years.

All Haywood Community Band concerts are free. In addition to the covered seating, some attendees bring lawn chairs to sit along the perimeter of the pavilion under the evening sky. Many also bring a picnic meal. All donations received at the concerts are given as scholarship assistance to local music students for summer band camps and college expenses.

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