YHC Community Band to Present “Music of the Mountains: A Blend of Appalachia and Country”

Monday, October 24, 2011

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Community Band to Present
“Music of the Mountains: A Blend of Appalachia and Country”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Community Band will present “Music of the Mountains: A Blend of Appalachia and Country” in concert Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the Young Harris College 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 is composed of talented local high school musicians and adult musicians from the local community. The group will perform selections that bring to life the traditional music of the Appalachian region, including “Appalachian Legacy” by Robert Sheldon, “American Barndance” by Richard Saucedo and “The Thunder and the Roar,” a rondo of railroad songs by Pierre LaPlante.

“The opening piece by Sheldon is an absolutely beautiful composition that is wonderfully evocative of the Appalachian region, employing the style of various folk melodies. The musical ideas range from gorgeous to lively to powerful,” Land said. “Saucedo’s number is a traditional barndance that is full of energy with a sense of lightheartedness and playfulness. It will definitely be an audience favorite.”

The band will also perform “Booger Holler,” a selection composed by YHC Staff Accompanist Frank McKinney that is named for the community near his home in the mountains of north Georgia. Adjunct Instructor of MusicCheryl Star will be featured on the piccolo during Arthur Pryor’s “The Whistler and His Dog,” while Adjunct Instructor of MusicMike Campbell, D.A., will be featured on the bagpipes during the show’s moving finale, Jay Dawson’s rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

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

Young Harris College students performing include freshman Adham Hamilton, bassoon, of Powder Springs, Ga., sophomore Allison Arnold, flute, of Young Harris, Ga., freshman Lisa Dear, flute, of Blairsville, Ga., and freshman Rachel Bettis, flute, of Dawsonville, Ga.

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

About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, 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. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—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 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.