HCB March Winds PSA March 2017

             Hendersonville Community Band to Perform “March Winds” Spring Concert

The winds may be blowing in to welcome March but on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3 pm. at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall on E. Campus Dr., Flat Rock NC.  the Hendersonville Community Band will entertain you in a comfortable setting performing their annual “March Winds”Spring concert. Under the direction of Winford Franklin, the audience will hear some high stepping marches as well as a variety of toe tapping Broadway Showstoppers and other musical features all taking the chill out of the usual unpredictable  March weather.

The program includes “The Vanished Army”, a poetic march dedicated to the one hundred thousand troops lost by the British Expeditionary Force in WW1; “The Ramparts” which was commissioned by the U.S. Air Force Academy; “On A Hymn Song Of Philip Bliss-“It Is Well With My Soul”, The Children’s March [“Over The Hills And Far Away”]; a rousing “Rolling Thunder” [Henry Fillmore circus march] which will take you back to those old circus days.  You will be breathless  just listening to the band play this one!

For a change of pace Dr. Stephen Ray a regular band member in the trumpet section will perform a solo “Soliloquy For Trumpet”.   Dr.Ray served in the  Army as solo trumpet in theThird  Armored Division Band, Frankfurt, Germany as well as first trumpet in the western Pennsylvania Annual Conference Brass Choir for 10 years. He has performed as an actor and singer soloist for 40 years.  He is currently pastor of Fletcher United Methodist Church.

Alex Bedenbaugh, a baritone vocal soloist who is an opera student at Emory University will  open the program with “The Star Spangled Banner“ and later sing “You Raised Me Up”.  He has performed in master classes with Julia Faulker of the Chicago Lyric Opera, Timothy Miller of the Atlanta Oper and Robin Rice of Ohio State University. 

The band is privileged to have both of these talented musicians offer to perform for us for this concert.

Composed in memory for those who lost their lives at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 and to honor the survivors, the band will play ”An American Elegy”.

To round out this concert, “Broadway Show Stoppers” featuring five show tunes will be performed by the entire band.

To honor our Irish listeners and to those who simply like Irish music, a traditional Irish lullaby “Dier’ In De” will be performed.

Admission to this concert is $10 adults, free for students. Tickets are available from any band member,   Hendersonville Visitors Information Center, the Crate in Laurel Park or at the door the afternoon of the concert.  No reservations are needed and there is plenty of accessible free parking in back of the conference hall. 

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

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