Tis-the-season PSA 2016

"Tis the Season” 2016 Holiday Band Concert

     The Hendersonville Community Band will perform its annual holiday concert at 3pm on Sunday, Dec.4 at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall in Flat Rock. The 75 member all volunteer band is directed by Winford Franklin.
     After a very warm summer, this holiday season ushers in some cooler but welcoming warm season spirits as a send off for the upcoming holidays. The concert will offer selections to help you and your family experience the joys of winter festivities.
     Among the selections to be performed are “A Festive Christmas”, a medley of traditional carols, by Kenny Bierschenk; a lively version of “Jingle Bells” arr. by Arthur Harris;  “ O Tannenbaum” arr. by Arthur Harris; “A Christmas Celebration” by Kenny Bierschenk;  “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Gustov Holst; “Christmas Recollections” arr. by John Edmondson;  “Up on a Housetop” arr. by Jeff Simmons; “Synphonic Prelude on Adeste Fidelis” arr. by Claude T. Smith; “Candlefight Carol by John Rutter; “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” arr. by Larry Kerchner; “It’s Christmas!”, a medley with a sing-a-Long, arr. by Warren Barker;  our own Dixieland Band will delight the audience with “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks;  and a rousing  march by John Philip Sousa “Stars and Stripes for Christmas” among other familiar selections.
    This concert presentation will surely delight both young and old and leave everyone humming all the way home.
    Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, students are admitted free and may be purchased from any band member, the Hendersonville Visitors Center, the Crate in Laurel Park and at the door before the concert.  No reservations needed, it is open seating and plenty of accessible parking at the performance site.
     For more information, visit www.hcbmusic.com or call 828-692-8801.

Oct 23, 2016 Concert Poster

Hendersonville Community Band “Pops and Patriotic” Concert (Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3pm)

The Hendersonville Community Band conducted by Winford Franklin will perform it’s annual “Pops and Patriotic” concert  on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3pm.  The Hendersonville Chorale our special guest group under the direction of Mary Beth Shumate will also be performing.

The location of this inspiring concert is at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall in Flat Rock .  The tickets are $10 for adults, students are free and may be purchased at the Hendersonville  Visitors Center on Main St., from any band member and at the door of the concert.   It is open seating and plenty of accessible parking behind the hall. The familiar numbers performed by the band will bring back memories of days gone by but just as worthy today. They will have you humming [or singing] along while smiling and tapping your feet.

The concert will open with “The Star Spangled Banner” which will set your red, white and blue patriotic mood as it always does. The show tunes  will arrive on the scene with selections from “Bond…James Bond”arr. by Stephen Bulla; “Satchmo” [A tribute to Louis Armstrong] arr. by Ted Ricketts; “Somewhere” from West Side Story and written by Leonard Bernstein; ”My Heart Will Go On” theme from Titanic by James Horner featuring a vocal solo by Roberto Flores who is a bassoon player in the band; “Seventy Six Trombones” from The Music Man and written by Meredith Willson; “Spoon River” a melody based on a fiddle-tune by Grainger arr. by Robert Sheldon composer of the band’s own “The Blue Ridge”which was premiered at the band’s 25th anniversary concert in March;  Joel Helfand, alto sax soloist will perform  Sammy Nestico’s  jazz tune “Persuasion”; Rounding out the band’s part of the program “Eternal Father, Strong To Save”” [The Navy Hymn”] by Claude T.Smith will give pause;  followed by “Overcome” arr. by Bill Locklear.

Our special chorale guests will be joining the band in setting our patriotic mood with the combined performances of “Irving Berlin’s America”; “America, The Beautiful” by Samuel Augustus Ward;  “Battle Hymn Of The Republic” arr. by James Neilson; and the ever popular “Armed Forces Salute” arr. by Bob Lowden.
The Hendersonville Chorale will also be performing other Americana selections on their own making this concert an afternoon of beautiful music to please everybody. Mom and the family will be forever grateful to her family for attending this spectacular concert on her special day.


For more information on the concert,  visit www.hcbmusic.com or call 828-692-8801

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