Watauga Community Band will perform at the Appalachian Theater
The Watauga Community Band Takes Its Fall Concert “To The Streets…”
King Street, that is, with the band’s first event at the restored Appalachian Theater.
Director Billy Ralph Winkler said, “In our first combined event, the community band will take the stage with American songwriters in a patriotic theme in the run-up to Veterans Day.”
Winkler said: “The concert will feature music from American composers such as John Philip Sousa, Eric Osterling, Clifton Williams, William Harbinson, John Prescott and others. Several standard patriotic selections will be performed, including an armed forces salute, where all veterans will be recognized by their special selection of songs.
As manager Winkler said he was especially thrilled to perform with the group on the stage of the Appalachian Theater which was originally built by his grandfather, WR Winkler, Sr. “This theater does part of the Boone story,” he said. , “and it seems completely normal for us to perform here.”
The members of the group range in age from 14 to 91 according to Winkler who added: “Like our country, the diversity of our group is perhaps its greatest strength. People of all ages, professions and backgrounds come together to share their love of music with each other and with our community.
Several students from Appalachian State University as well as students from Watauga and neighboring counties currently participate in the group along with a number of current and retired group directors.
Group chairman Steve Frank added that “it has been a remarkable year for the group, emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic. We had to skip an entire year at the start of the pandemic, then started using the Rotary Gazebo at Blowing Rock for our Tuesday night rehearsals and a series of concerts on Sundays. These have proven to be very popular and we hope to continue this tradition during the ‘hot season’ of 2023.”
“This year we saw a large increase in attendance from ASU and public schools throughout the High Country, with many of these students following principals in their school group who were already in the WCB. So now our participants range in age from early teens to one of our retired music teachers who turned 91 this year.
The Watauga Community Band was founded in 1986. At first, rehearsals were held weekly in the Hardin Park School Band Hall. Several local musicians served as conductors, but ultimately the baton and title of director was given to Dr. Charles L. Isley, a beloved member of the community who had a distinguished career as an educator. music at Appalachian State University and in public schools. . Rehearsals during the school year were moved to Broyhill Music Center where the band remained until recently when rehearsals were moved to Boone’s First Baptist Church.
“We continue to value and enjoy a great relationship with Appalachian State School of Music,” Winkler said.
He continued, “We are extremely grateful to the staff at Théâtre des Appalaches for working with us and making this event a reality, in hopes that this is ‘the start of something big’.”
The concert’s opening selections will be performed by the Watauga High School Honors Brass Quintet, conducted by Taryn Wooten.
The remaining selections to choose from:
The Star Spangled Banner
American anthem tune sketch
Opening of the variation
The whole star band
The Mansions of the Lord
salute from the armed forces
Stars and stripes forever
Winkler concluded by reminding people of the band’s annual appearance with the Military Officers Association at Boone Mall on Friday morning, with the music beginning at 10:30 a.m., the Veterans Day recognition beginning at 11 a.m., Center Court, Boone Mall.
Watauga Community Band Veteran Appreciation Concert
Thursday, November 10, 2022; 7:30 p.m.
High Country Appalachian Theater
Admission is free and donations are appreciated ($5 suggested)