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YHC Concert Band to Feature Graduating Seniors During Fine Arts Season Finale

Friday, April 12, 2013

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5237,

Young Harris College Concert Band to Feature Graduating Seniors During Fine Arts Season Finale

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Concert Band will conclude the academic year with a spectacular program featuring five talented seniors in the YHC band program on Tuesday, April 23, 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.
Under the direction of YHC Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land, the YHC Concert Band’s season finale will also feature several guest performers. Senior music education major Melissa Murphy, flute, of Blairsville, Ga., will serve as the master of ceremonies for the evening, guiding the audience through a memorable program that will kick off with Malcolm Arnold's Four Scottish Dances, a selection inspired by Scottish country folk tunes and dances.
YHC Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeff Bauman will be featured as a guest soloist during David Holsinger's On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss. National Band Association President John Culvahouse, D.M.A., will serve as a guest conductor during the ensemble’s performances of Frescobaldi's Tocatta and Leonard Bernstein’s Slava! A Political Overture for Orchestra.
Dr. Culvahouse, professor of instrumental music education at Kennesaw State University, previously worked on the music faculty at the University of Georgia and taught and served as band director in public schools in South Carolina and Tennessee. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s of music education degrees from the University of Tennessee and his doctor of musical arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina. He has served as a conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Under the direction of YHC Adjunct Instructor of Music and Fannin County Band Director Scott Barnstead, Fannin County High School’s percussion ensemble will perform several exciting selections before joining the YHC Concert Band on John Mackey’s Foundry, which will be guest conducted by senior music education major Sam Wolaver, trombone, of Mansfield, Ga.  
Jeremiah Kersting, a senior music education major from Sugar Hill, Ga., will be featured on the trumpet during the famous Norwegian march Valdres. The concert will conclude with the original Duke Ellington arrangement of “Sing, Sing, Sing” featuring senior music major Rolando Fernandez, of Canton, Ga., on the trumpet and senior music education major Cedric Epps, of Talbotton, Ga., on percussion.  
In addition to the featured seniors, the YHC Concert Band is comprised of Allison Arnold, flute, of Young Harris, Ga., Lisa Dear, flute, of Blairsville, Ga., Claire Galt, flute, of Marietta, Ga., Kirsten Anderson, clarinet, of Elberton, Ga., Shelby Brown, clarinet, of Calhoun, 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., Samantha Grinstead, trumpet, of Eatonton, 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., Kristen Brown, euphonium, of McCaysville, Ga., Mathilde Brun, cello, of Gavleborg, Sweden, Patrick Young, tuba, of Dawsonville, Ga., Landon Lovell, tuba, of Blairsville, Ga., Brandon Clabo, percussion, of Jefferson, Ga., Armando Granados, percussion, of Euharlee, Ga., Joanna Burrell, clarinet, of Dawsonville, Ga., Rachel Bettis, flute, of Dawsonville, Ga., Terell Heard, euphonium, of Elberton, 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