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Young Harris College Community Band to Present Inaugural Veterans Day Concert

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310,

Young Harris College Community Band to Present Inaugural Veterans Day Concert

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Division of Fine Arts will present the Young Harris College Community Band in concert Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

Directed by YHC Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land, the 72-member Young Harris College Community Band will present its inaugural Veterans Day Concert, performing traditional patriotic favorites such as the tremendous “Salute to the Armed Forces.” The concert will conclude with John Philip Sousa’s famous American march “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

All veterans are encouraged to attend and will be honored for their service to the United States. American flags will be handed out to all audience members. The Union County Honor Guard will present the flag before the “National Anthem” is played to kick off the concert. In addition, Major General Jere H. Akin of Morganton, Ga., will present insightful remarks throughout the program.

Major General Akin has held a variety of important command and staff positions, including Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School and Assistant Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea and Eighth Army. Prior to retiring in 1992, his last assignment was serving as Director of Plans and Operations in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics in which he had overall staff responsibility during deployment and sustainment of Army forces during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

The YHC Community Band is composed of talented local high school musicians and adult musicians from the local community. The group performs traditional band classics as well as entertaining “pops” music.

Young Harris College faculty members performing include Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway, Adjunct Instructor of Music Mike Campbell, D.A., Adjunct Instructor of Music Alan Denmon, Staff Accompanist Anita Guss, Assistant Professor of Music Leigh Miller, D.M.A., and Adjunct Instructor of Music Cheryl Star.

Young Harris College students performing include sophomore Lisa Dear, flute, of Blairsville, Ga., sophomore Rachel Bettis, flute, of Dawsonville, Ga., freshman Terell Heard, euphonium, of Elberton, Ga., sophomore Patrick Young, tuba, of Dawsonville, Ga., sophomore Sam Cook, percussion, of Young Harris, Ga., and freshman Armando Granados, percussion, of Euharlee, Ga.

Members of the Young Harris College Flute Ensemble directed by Star will be featured during the show’s moving finale. In addition to Bettis and Dear, the group includes junior Alison Arnold of Young Harris, Ga., and senior Melissa Murphy of Blairsville, Ga.

For more information, call the Young Harris College Division of Fine Arts at (706) 379-5182.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit