Just wanted to take a moment to say...
From the band members to the audience we play for, that we miss you all terribly. We know that these are strange times but we can only get through this together. We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being such dedicated supporters of this band.
Keeara Allen- Social Media Manager/Website
Your board members are still having their meetings and wanted to express how much we miss playing and seeing you all. And we hope you all are getting some practice in! Stay safe and we hope to see you all sooner than later.
HCB Members and friends,
The April 26th HCB concert is cancelled, as are all rehearsals in preparation for the concert. The first concern is the well-being of our members and their families. We have a number of members who are high-risk for Covid 19 complications.
West Henderson HS will not allow outside groups on campus for the duration of the corona virus problem.
NC Governor, Roy A. Cooper, has requested that there be no gatherings of more than 50 people. He stated that this will become mandatory if there is a lack of voluntary compliance.
This is, of course, disappointing for all of us, but a necessary precaution. Take good care of yourselves and, hopefully, the Apple Festival will go on!
A great way to support HCB is to donate what you would have spent at the concert by hitting the donate button. We appreciate all of you and we thank you for your continued support and love for music. Stay safe and we hope to see you all at Apple Festival!
Socaial Media Manger & Website
Jason DeCristofaro is a music educator, performer, and composer based in Asheville, NC. He is adjunct faculty at Warren Wilson College (where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches Jazz Improvisation, Applied Percussion, and Applied Piano), A-B Technical Community College (where he teaches Music Theory, Jazz History and Music Appreciation), and Isothermal Community College, where he teaches Music Appreciation. Jason holds a Master of Music in Performance (UNC-School of the Arts), Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences (UNC-Asheville), Bachelors of Music in Performance (Brevard College), and is currently working towards his Doctorate in Music Education (Boston University).
The winner and recipient of the 2011 Yamaha/Percussive Arts Society Terry Gibbs Scholarship, an international scholarship competition for jazz vibraphonists, DeCristofaro has performed as a clinician and guest artist at numerous jazz festivals, conferences, and universities throughout the Southeast, including the Brevard Music Center (Brevard, NC), Furman University (Greenville, SC), Johnson City Jazz Festival (Johnson City, TN), The Eastern Trombone Conference (Washington, D.C.), Jazz on the Square (Spartanburg, SC), Carl Sandburg Festival (Flat Rock NC), Jazz on Main (Greenville, SC), Concerts on the Quad (UNC-Asheville), Sourwood Festival (Black Mountain, NC), Carl Sandburg Festival (Flat Rock, NC), Western Carolina University Jazz Festival (Cullowhee, NC), Appalachian State University (Boone, NC), University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC), and North Greenville University (Tigerville, SC). DeCristofaro is also a staff writer for Classical Voice of NC (CVNC) and has been musical director and host of Jazz Night at The Phoenix & The Fox in Brevard, NC for five and a half years.
A published composer with C. Alan Publications, Jason’s concert works have been performed in New Zealand, China, Sweden, and throughout the United States, and he has been a featured guest composer with the Symphony of the Mountains, The Asheville Ballet, and the Asheville Jazz Orchestra. He is also the founder and artistic director of Asheville Composer Concerts. DeCristofaro has presented at Harvard University for the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS), Virginia Tech for the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP), and Black Mountain College Museum.
Information found on https://amicimusic.org/performers/jason-decristofaro/
Conductor Winford Franklin and the members of HCB are looking forward to presenting a wonderful program as we anticipate Spring. A highlight of this concert will be widely-known percussionist Jason Decristofaro as soloist for “Concertino for Solo Percussionist and Band.” This piece highlights three stations of percussion instruments. The first station is five timpani; the second station is marimba and vibraphone; the third station is drum set, including snare drum, bass drum, Tom-toms, and cymbals.
Our guest conductor, band member Joe Brasier, will conduct two pieces, “Sousa in Swing” which is different take on some of the well-known Sousa marches, and “This Majestic Land,” in his usual fine style.
The remainder of the program is under the baton of Winford Franklin and will include
among others, one that is special to us, “Travelin’ Music” by Robert Sheldon who composed a commissioned piece for the band’s 25th anniversary. Some of the other pieces are “Satiric Dances,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Broadway Spectacular.”
Join us as we Spring Ahead on Sunday March 8, at 3:00 in the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall in Flat Rock. Adults $10.00, Students are free! I if you attend college, please bring your student ID for your free ticket. Tickets are available at Crate Wine Market, the Hendersonville Visitor’s Center, as well as at the door and from any band member. For more information, call (828) 713-8590.
Practice has commenced for our March concert. Thank you John J. Williams for the photos.
Our upcoming concert is March 8th at Blue Ridge Community College in the Conference Hall at 3:00.
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The Hendersonville Chorale, now in its 45th season, is the oldest continually performing choral group in Henderson County. Hendersonville Chorale's mission is to provide opportunities to all people who love to sing and share the love of music and the inspiration it provides to Hendersonville and the greater community.
The Chorale's first concert was held in the Hendersonville High School Auditorium on June 8, 1975. Approximately 40 non-auditioned singers with a wide range in age and skill levels currently lend their voices to the Chorale, all of whom share the love of singing. The Chorale is directed by Michael S. Brannon, who is serving as the 13th director since the organization was founded.
In addition to its own annual fall and spring concerts, the Chorale frequently performs at the invitation of other area organizations.
In recent years, their community involvement has included appearances at Biltmore Estate, Asheville Tourist games, the Henderson County Heritage Museum's Veterans Hall for Memorial Day, and the Apple Festival. The Chorale has also been the guest choir with the Brevard Philharmonic and the Hendersonville Community Band. Members of the Chorale joined members of the Asheville Symphony Chorus and the Asheville Choral Society in a musical venture that took them to Prague and Brno in the Czech Republic, and on to Vienna and Salzburg, Austria.
The Hendersonville Chorale is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide and opportunity to all singers to share the joy and inspiration of a wide variety of choral music with the community.
New members are welcomed at the beginning of each concert season. For more information about the Chorale, visit www.HendersonvilleChorale.com
Michael S. Brannon, Director Rebecca Brake, Accompanist
It is time to get into the Christmas spirit and Hendersonville Community Band’s joint concert with the Hendersonville Chorale is the perfect place to find the holiday joy. Both of these fine groups, HCB with Winford Franklin as Director and the Chorale with Michael Brannon as Director will present wonderful Seasonal Music. Dr. Joe Brashier will also guest-conduct a piece with HCB.
The band will perform favorites such as “March of the Toys” from “Babes in Toyland, “Laughing All the Way” based on “Jingle Bells” (Pierpont 1857), and the traditional “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
The Chorale will perform, among other pieces, “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “Low How a Rose E’er Blooming. The Chorale is in its 45th season of Fall and Spring concerts. They recently combined with the Asheville Symphony Chorus on a European Tour that included several European Countries.
A special treat this concert will be the HCB Trombone Ensemble playing “Joy to the World” and Go Tell it on the Mountain.” HCB is excited to present this group of trombonists.
The combined band and the chorale will present “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin and also “Christmas Pop Sing-a-Long” with audience participation.
Come and hear this crowd-pleasing concert on Sunday, December 8, 3:00 at Blue Ridge Community College in the Blue Ridge Concert Hall. Tickets ($10.00) are available at the Hendersonville Visitors Information Center, The Crate Wine Market in Laurel Park, from band members, and at the door. For additional information, call (828)713-8590
About our soloists
Dr. Joe Brashier recently retired after 44 years in Music Education. He earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate in Conducting from the University of Kansas. His career included 13 years of public school teaching and collegiate positions at Appalachian State University, Rutgers University and Valdosta State University. He has had the fortune of conducting bands throughout the U.S., Europe, China and Australia. He is also an avid tennis player. He and his wife Susan (oboe) relocated to Hendersonville in 2018. They have two daughters that they tolerated in order to have the two wonderful grandchildren they brought into the world.
Joel Helfand is a graduate of Chicago Musical College. Joel ran a successful band for many years in the Chicago area. At conventions, he was fortunate to work with many outstanding entertainers including Doc Severinson, Sara Vaughn, Tex Beneke, Helen O'Connell and Red Skelton.
He retired to Hendersonville in 2005 and ha since worked on staff at the Flat Rock Playhouse, Asheville Community Theatre, The Hendersonville Symphony, The Brevard Philharmonic, Asheville Jazz Orchestra, Hendersonville Community Band, Brevard Community Band and was a backup for the Temptations at the Biltmore.
Don Wauchope has been playing french horn for fun for 64 years, except for a ten year break for college (UNC) and graduate school (NCSU).
A retired USDA agricultural research scientist, Don has played in bands and orchestras in Georgia, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Arkansas and North and South Carolina. He played in the Brevard and Asheville Symphonies in High School and currently plays for the Brevard Philharmonic, The Hendersonville and Brevard Community Bands, The Upstate Winds, The Brevard College Wind Ensemble, The Blue Ridge Symphonic Brass, and The Premier Brass Quintet.
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In a Tribute to the Silver Screen, The Hendersonville Community Band will present movie themes spanning several decades of great movie music played under the baton of our own Conductor Winford Franklin, kicking off his ninth season as conductor. Some of the numbers are “As Time Goes By,” “Tara’s Theme,” “Moon River,” “Theme from Lawrence of Arabia,” Charade,” “Peter Gunn,” The Olympic Spirit,” and “Star Wars.” We will also be playing a group of Disney classics that you will no doubt be seeing the scenes and hearing the words in your head as you enjoy each tune.
Three very special songs will be featured in their entirety. “Schindler’s List” will feature Hendersonville’s ever-popular jazzman, Joel Helfand, playing the solo part on soprano saxophone. This beautiful and haunting rendition will be one to remember.
Our other soloist for this concert will be Mr. Don Wauchope playing the lovely “My Heart Will Go On” solo from the movie Titanic on French horn. This is Don’s first solo with the band and we are very excited for the audience to hear his gorgeous performance.
Another first timer with with the band is guest conductor Joe Brashier, directing the famous classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” Joe, new to the band, plays trombone and is former band director of Appalachian State, Rutgers University, and Valdosta State University.
A fun piece, “Pie in the Face Polka” will showcase the clarinet section and is sure to get some toe tapping going on. All in all, it will be a fun afternoon of music and memories for everyone.
Join the HCB at The Blue Ridge Conference Hall, Blue Ridge Community College, on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 for only $10.00 and students are free! Tickets are available from any band member, at the Visitors Center, The Crate Wine Market, and at the door. For additional information, call (828) 713-8590.