Haywood Community Band begins rehearsals for 2020 season

Anyone looking to rekindle a passion for playing instruments, should consider checking out the Haywood Community Band.

The Haywood Community Band begins rehearsals for the 2020 season at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 in the fellowship hall of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church at 175 Old Clyde Road.

Reading rehearsals continue each Thursday.

Concerts are the third Sunday evening of each month from May through October in the open-air Maggie Valley Community Pavilion sponsored by the Maggie Civic Association.

There are no auditions, and new members are welcome.

Directors of the band are retired, professional music educators.

There are many benefits to playing a musical instrument. Studies show it helps with deep breathing, stress relief, mental performance, and concentration. In a band setting, participation also increases a sense of achievement and builds friendships.

Instruments may be purchased used from a variety of sources or potential band members can contact Rhonda and Lee Kram at Waynesville’s Stone Cottage Instrument Shoppe on South Main Street for a rental.

In addition to the monthly pop concerts in Maggie Valley, the band performs an Independence Day concert at the Haywood County Courthouse, a concert by Lake Junaluska’s lakeshore in August and a finale in the acoustically thrilling sanctuary of Waynesville’s First United Methodist Church in early November.

An ensemble plays patriotic music in the Junaluska Fourth of July parade, and many band members play in additional area music groups.

Contact Rhonda Kram, band president, at 828-456-4880 to join the community band.

All programs are free. Donations are received to provide scholarship assistance for local students to continue their music education in college. The band also receives and restores used band instruments to loan to students in need.

For more information, visit www.haywoodcommunityband.org

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