Fern Barber


A Brief History of the Hendersonville Community Band

Jim Stokes   Jim Stokes

Early in 1991 retired Hendersonville High School band director Jim Stokes decided to advertise for musicians to form a community band. He was amazed when fifty volunteers showed up at the Hendersonville High School band room ready to play. They began rehearsals with Jim as conductor and presented their first concert on April 11, 1991. The Hendersonville Community Band was born.

Since the Premier Concert the band has presented an annual schedule of Fall, Holiday and Spring Concerts. A fourth concert to benefit local high school bands was later added, with the benefit rotating among the four high schools in Henderson County.The Hendersonville Community Band incorporated in 1992 and received 501-(c)-3 status from the IRS after having qualified as a non-profit organization.
Jim Stokes Scholarship Fund

A scholarship fund to help qualified Henderson County students attend band music camps was established in 1997. Scholarships are funded by the band and tax deductible contributions from individuals. Camp scholarships are awarded based on the musical accomplishments of band students in grades seven though twelve. The fund was named in honor of Jim Stokes to recognize his contribution as founder of the Hendersonville Community Band. 


In Memoriam

Paul Barber   R. Paul Barber

Paul moved to Hendersonville in 2003 with his wife Fern from Farmington Hills, MI. He graduated from Redford High School in Detroit and received a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music in Performance from The University of Michigan.  His first and only teaching position was with Farmington Public Schools in band and orchestra at various levels.  He started the Harrison High School Music Department and then became Director of Fine Arts until his retirement in 2003.  Paul and Fern started The Farmington Community Band in 1966 and he served as the conductor until 2003. 

Paul's extensive involvement in the Farmington Community included producing and  conducting several Broadway shows, serving on numerous committees, organizing programs and seminars, serving as officers in city, county and state organizations, and performing with several music groups.

While in North Carolina he was a member of the Hendersonville, Brevard, and Asheville Community Bands, the Pyramid Brass Quintet, Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra, and several  musical groups.  He became Conductor of the Brevard Community Band in Summer 2004 and the Hendersonville Community Band in Fall 2005, upon the retirement of Jim Stokes.

Paul passed away suddenly in the Fall of 2006.  His wife Fern has continued with as many musical activities as possible. The R Paul Barber Music Education Scholarship is given in his honor through the Hendersonville Band Education Scholarship Program.  This honor is given to a qualifiing Henderson County Senior who is majoring in Music Education at the College level.


    Board of Directors

A Board of Directors elected from its membership governs the Hendersonville Community Band. Ten voting members and the conductors serve on the board, which elects a president, secretary and treasurer. Board members usually serve as chairs of the various committees. All band members are encouraged to serve on committees. A volunteer librarian is appointed from within the band membership.