Hendersonville Community Band Celebrates 25th Year Anniversary!

The Hendersonville Community Band conducted by Winford Franklin will perform a special “25th Anniversary Celebration Concert” on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm [note time change from previous concerts] at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall in Flat Rock.  This is an event you and your family won’t want to miss.

For this special concert Robert Sheldon, nationally known concert band music composer, was commissioned to write a special piece “The Blue Ridge” for the band, dedicated to Jim Stokes and which will be dedicated to Jim Stokes, founder of the HCB in 1991.  “The Blue Ridge” composition includes traditional Blue Ridge folk tunes which the listening audience may identify.  Mr. Sheldon will
conduct the world premier of his composition.  He will also conduct four of his other works including “Iberian Escapades”,  “The Red Covered Bridge”,  “The Stormchasers”,   and “A Longford Legend” which is a collection of Irish street ballads, just in time for your St. Patricks Day listening pleasure.

For all 75 volunteer members,   this celebration will be proudly performed for the community at large who have enjoyed and supported our music for the past 25 years.

There are 8 charter members (pictured below) who continue to  practice and perform regularly with the band. They are to be celebrated for their long standing membership and dedication to the HCB organization.  These members are Dave Hamilton, tuba; Chris Jensen, French horn; Ken Kraus, trombone;  Ralph Campbell, French horn; Hal Beam, trumpet; Lorraine Hidding, euphonium; Marilyn Campbell, alto saxophone; Jerry Zink, trombone.  Many of the past band members are in the audience at every concert lending their support as well as all the faithful audience who have enjoyed the HCB music and hopefully will continue for many years to come.

This anniversary concert will be a very pleasing listening event as other familiar concert band works are performed including a rousing march  “Moorside March” by Gustav Holst; a lovely “Overture to Candide” by Leonard Berstein; a very talented trumpet trio doing “Carnival Variations” by Don  Jacoby;  “Selections from Les MIserables” arr. by Warren Barker; and  the all familiar “Pavanne” from Symphonette No.2 by Morton Gould.

Tickets for this anniversary concert are $10 for adults, students are free and  are available at the Hendersonville Visitors Center on Main St., Laurel Park Wine Market, from any band member, and at the door.   For more information, call 828-692-8801 or visit www.hcbmusic.com 


Holiday Concert (December 6, 2015)

The holidays are fast approaching which means family and friends are gathering for celebrations and good will. The 75 all volunteer Hendersonville Community Band is preparing its annual “Tis the Season” concert which is the second concert of the 25th anniversary year of the band’s existence. This holiday concert conducted by Winford Franklin will be performed on Sunday, December 6 at 3 pm. at the Blue Ridge College Conference Hall in Flat Rock.

Selections this year include some of the old standards arranged a bit differently along with some familiar pieces and possibly new ones which are pleasing to everyone. The band enjoys entertaining people of all ages since the band itself is comprised of musicians of all ages from teen students to 90 year olds. Our goal is to entertain you by offering beautiful music for the community’s holiday enjoyment.

Among the selections are Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival”; “A Holiday Piece” by Stephen Foster; “Russian Christmas Music” by Alfred Reed; “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear [Dona Nobis Pacem]“ arr. by Larry Kerchner; Fum, Fum, Fum” a traditional Spanish carol; “Away in a Manger” arr. By Tom Wallace; “March of the Toys/Toyland” by Victor Herbert; the very beautiful “Amazing Grace” by Frank Tichelli; “A Most Wonderful Christmas” arr. by Robert Sheldon who is also composing a piece for the Hendersonville Community Band’s 25th anniversary concert in March, 2016. You won’t want to miss “Holiday for Trombones” by David Rose among other favorite holiday tunes. Leroy Anderson will probably take you on a “Sleigh Ride” home for a joyous holiday season.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, students are admitted free and may be purchased from any band member, the Hendersonville Visitor’s Center, Laurel Park Wine Market and at the door the day of the concert. There is plenty of accessible parking at the performance site.

For further information you may visit www.hcbmusic.com or call 828-692-8801