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Haywood Community Band performs season finale at FUMC on Nov. 10

The season ending concert by the Haywood Community Band will be on Sunday, November 10, at 4 p.m. in the acoustically inspiring sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in downtown Waynesville.

Under the leadership of Mary Thomas, a chorus joins the band in a salute to military veterans in the second half of the free program. All veterans will be recognized as their service hymn is sung in a medley titled Armed Forces Salute.

The chorus also joins in singing America the Beautiful, Hymn to the Fallen, the stirring theme to the film Saving Private Ryan by composer John Williams, and The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa. Sousa wrote the march on Christmas Day, 1896, during an ocean liner voyage on his way home from Europe. For the familiar theme of the trio he wrote the words, “Hurrah for the flag of the free! May it wave as our standard forever.”

With donations received at the concerts, the Haywood Community Band has helped to further the education of local students by granting scholarship funds for young musicians to attend summer band camps and college. To date, thousands of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to Haywood and Jackson County young people. The band also receives, reconditions, and loans woodwind and brass instruments to local music students.

Founded in 2002 by Bob Hill when an announcement in the Mountaineer brought together seven volunteers, the concert band now has more than 40 members and is under the experienced leadership of Mary Thomas, Sarah Cifani, and Pat Stone, all of whom taught music in public school systems before their retirements to Haywood County.

For those interested in participating, call band president Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456-4880. The first rehearsal of the 2020 season will be in March of next year.

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