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Young Harris College Concert Band to Perform with Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble

Monday, November 5, 2012

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

Young Harris College Concert Band to Perform with Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Concert Band and Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble will combine to present a performance featuring the great classic repertoire of the concert band genre on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students and free for children 12 and under. Tickets will be available at the door.

“In just three short years, our YHC Concert Band has grown from a small group of students into a competitive college ensemble,” said YHC Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land. “This concert is indicative of the commitment of excellence that drives YHC band students. Our faculty works tirelessly to constantly raise the standard and expectations of each student. This concert will be a milestone performance in the history of band concerts at YHC.”

YHC Adjunct Instructor of Music and Fannin County Band Director Scott Barnstead will serve as guest conductor during Grammy Award-winning composer Eric Whitacre’s “The Seal Lullaby.” YHC Adjunct Instructor of Music Simon Wildman will be featured as tuba soloist during English composer Edward Gregson’s “Tuba Concerto.” YHC Adjunct Instructor of Music John Bryant, trumpet, will also perform with the YHC Concert Band.

YHC students Terell Heard, euphonium, a freshman music education major from Elberton, Ga., and Patrick Young, tuba, a sophomore music education major from Dawsonville, Ga., will be featured during Gustav Holst’s “Second Suite in F.”

The Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble will join forces with the YHC Concert Band to present “Festive Overture” by prominent 20th-century Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Founded in 2004, this ensemble has more than a dozen members and regularly performs for private events, weddings and non-profit events around Atlanta. The group has also played at the Western Carolina Trumpet Festival, Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference and opening of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to Heard and Young, the YHC Concert Band consists of Allison Arnold, flute, of Young Harris, Ga., Rachel Bettis, flute, of Dawsonville, Ga., Lisa Dear, flute, of Blairsville, Ga., Claire Galt, flute, of Marietta, Ga., Melisa Murphy, flute, of Blairsville, Ga., Kirsten Anderson, clarinet, of Elberton, Ga., Shelby Brown, clarinet, of Calhoun, Ga., Joanna Burrell, clarinet, of Dawsonville, Ga., John Fletcher, clarinet, of Cumming, Ga., Natasha Harkins, clarinet, of Dawsonville, Ga., Allen Huycke, clarinet, of Cleveland, Ga., Paige Jenkins, clarinet, of Dallas, Ga., Courtland Walters, clarinet, of Stockbridge, Ga., Lindsey Yearwood, clarinet, of Douglasville, Ga., Savannah Ash, bass clarinet, of Blue Ridge, Ga., Amy Bishop, bass clarinet, of Marietta, Ga., Adham Hamilton, bassoon, of Young Harris, Ga., Wade Orr, bassoon, of Bishop, Ga., Alice Holden, alto saxophone, of Blue Ridge, Ga., John Moran, alto saxophone, of Hiawassee, Ga., Bryson Quinn, alto saxophone, of Commerce, Ga., Chris Simms, alto saxophone, of Cumming, Ga., Stanford Thomas, alto saxophone, of Cordele, Ga., Brian Montgomery, tenor saxophone, of Powder Springs, Ga., Jake Wentzek, tenor saxophone, of Blairsville, Ga., Sam Cook, bari saxophone, of Young Harris, Ga., Rolando Fernandez, trumpet, of Canton, Ga., Samantha Grinstead, trumpet, of Eatonton, Ga., Jeremiah Kersting, trumpet, of Sugar Hill, Ga., Elizabeth Land, trumpet, of Thomson, Ga., Kaleb Swanda, trumpet, of Buford, Ga., Clint Vaughan, trumpet, of Talking Rock, Ga., Anthony Peters, trumpet, of Milledgeville, Ga., Christopher Calloway, horn, of Young Harris, Ga., Ciera Hudson, horn, of Blue Ridge, Ga., Sally Petty, horn, of Cumming, Ga., Spencer Murray, horn, of Ball Ground, Ga., Victoria Cline, trombone, of Dalton, Ga., Timothy Linley, trombone, of Cartersville, Ga., Jeff Stewart, trombone, of Young Harris, Ga., Zachary Wagner, trombone, of Powder Springs, Ga., Sam Wolaver, bass trombone, of Mansfield, Ga., Kristen Brown, euphonium, of McCaysville, Ga., Mathilde Brun, cello, of Gavleborg, Sweden, Landon Lovell, tuba, of Blairsville, Ga., Brandon Clabo, percussion, of Jefferson, Ga., Cedric Epps, percussion, of Talbotton, Ga. and Armando Granados, percussion, of Euharlee, 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