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Young Harris College Concert Band to Perform at Young Harris College

Friday, March 8, 2013

Author: Ali Hatley
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5237,
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Young Harris College Concert Band to Perform at Young Harris College  

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Concert Band and Union County High School (UCHS) Symphonic Band will combine to present a musical tribute to contemporary composers on Thursday, March 21, 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.

Directed by YHC Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land, the YHC Concert Band will present a concert featuring some of the newest compositions for wind band and several nationally recognized guest conductors. The UCHS Concert Band will perform several selections under the direction of YHC Adjunct Instructor of Music and UCHS Director of Bands Kerry Rittenhouse. A highlight of the concert will be a rousing rendition of “Semper Fidelis,” the official march of the United States Marine Corps by John Philip Sousa.

“This is the second year we have invited UCHS to perform during a concert with us, and we had an incredible performance with this group last year,” Land said. “During the last few years, UCHS has allowed our music education students to gain experience in their school. Our YHC band students look forward to this combined concert, and we plan to keep it an annual tradition.”

Many YHC students will be featured as soloists during the concert. Joanna Burrell, clarinet, a sophomore music education major from Dawsonville, Ga., and Rachel Bettis, flute, a junior music education major from Dawsonville, Ga., will be featured during the Irish reel “Molly on the Shore” by Percy Grainger. Jeremiah Kersting, trumpet, a senior music education major from Sugar Hill, Ga., and Terell Heard, euphonium, a freshman music education major from Elberton, Ga., will be featured during the English folksong-inspired number Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst. Rolando Fernandez, trumpet, a senior music major from Canton, Ga., will be featured during the Latin American celebratory song Symphonic Dance No. 3 (Fiesta) by Clifton Williams.

In addition to these soloists, 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., Melisa Murphy, flute, of Blairsville, 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., Sam Wolaver, bass trombone, of Mansfield, 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., 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