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YHC Concert Band to Present Free Concert

Friday, March 9, 2012

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

Young Harris College Concert Band to Present Free Concert

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Concert Band and Union County High School (UCHS) Concert Band will combine to present a program of traditional and contemporary music on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the Young Harris College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Directed by YHC Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land, the 54-member YHC Concert Band will perform pieces by traditional composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Philip Sousa, as well as band music by modern American composers. The UCHS Concert Band will perform several selections under the direction of YHC Adjunct Instructor of Music and UCHS Director of Bands Kerry Rittenhouse. In a powerful finale, both bands will unite to perform a stirring rendition of Raise Your Joys and Triumphs High.

“This is an exciting time of change for the Young Harris College band program, with new ideas and exciting new initiatives,” Land said. “This concert highlights a part of YHC’s Music Department outreach program, as we partner with local public high school music programs.”

The YHC Flute Ensemble, directed by Adjunct Instructor of Music Cheryl Star and Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway, will perform the Hungarian folk dance Friska by Franz Lizst. Star will be featured as flute soloist during The Swiss Shepherd by Italian composer Francesco Morlacchi. Assistant Professor of Music Leigh Miller, D.M.A., will be featured as clarinet soloist during Viktor’s Tale by John Williams. 

Many Young Harris College students will be featured as soloists during the concert. Freshman music education major Rachel Bettis, flute, of Dawsonville, Ga., freshman music major Adham Hamilton, bassoon, of Powder Springs, Ga., and freshman music major Natasha Harkins, clarinet, of Dawsonville, Ga., will be featured during San Antonio Dances by Frank Ticheli. Freshman music major Ashley McEachin, oboe, of Hazlehurst, Ga., and senior music education major Jeremiah Kersting, trumpet, of Sugar Hill, Ga., will be featured during English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Senior music major Chris Simms, alto saxophone, of Cumming, Ga., will be featured during Ignition by Todd Stalter.

In addition to these soloists, the YHC Concert Band is comprised of Amber Adams, percussion, of Blairsville, Ga., Kirsten Anderson, clarinet, of Elberton, Ga., Allison Arnold, flute, of Young Harris, Ga., Thomas Ballew, clarinet, of Ball Ground, Ga., Eli Barrett, percussion, of Young Harris, Ga., Amy Bishop, clarinet, of Marietta, Ga., Shelby Brown, clarinet, of Calhoun, Ga., Joanna Burrell, clarinet, of Dawsonville, Ga., Chris Calloway, horn, of Young Harris, Ga., Caitlin Davis, trumpet, of Baxley, Ga., Taylor Davis, percussion, of Kennesaw, Ga.,  Lisa Dear, flute, of Blairsville, Ga., Lane Dorough, trombone, of Marietta, Ga., Sean Dorough, euphonium, of Blairsville, Ga., Cedric Epps, percussion, of Talbotton, Ga., CJ Fellows, euphonium, of Jasper, Ga., Rolando Fernandez-Carrion, trumpet, of Canton, Ga., John Fletcher, clarinet, of Cumming, Ga., Clare Galt, flute, of Marietta, Ga., Nic Gannon, percussion, of Blue Ridge, Ga., Katherine Gwin, flute, of Kennesaw, Ga., Emily Harper, clarinet, of Dallas, Ga., Betsy Hutson, bass clarinet, of Griffin, Ga., Meghan Jackson, clarinet, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., Raquel Jasso, clarinet, of Gainesville, Ga., Paige Jenkins, bass clarinet, Elizabeth Land, trumpet, of Thomson, Ga., Tim Linley, trombone, of Cartersville, Ga., Landon Lovell, tuba, of Blairsville, Ga., Ben March, trumpet, of Blairsville, Ga., Brian Montgomery, tenor saxophone, of Powder Springs, Ga., Melissa Murphy, flute, of Blairsville, Ga., Anndrea Ours, horn, of Douglasville, Ga., Dean Poolos, trumpet, of Marietta, Ga., Sally Petty, horn, of Cumming, Ga., Tara Shiver, clarinet, of Covington, Ga., Jeff Stewart, trombone, of Young Harris, Ga., Kaleb Swanda, trumpet, of Buford, Ga., Hilary Taber, clarinet, of Alpharetta, Ga., Rocsane Tabulinar, oboe, of Hiawassee, Ga., Gloria Umana, flute, of Dalton, Ga., Clint Vaughn, trumpet, of Talking Rock, Ga., Rebecca Wiggins, percussion, of Robbinsville, N.C., Jake Wentzek, tenor saxophone, of Blairsville, Ga., Sam Wolaver, trombone, of Mansfield, Ga., Lindsey Yearwood, clarinet, of Douglasville, Ga., and Patrick Young, tuba, of Dawsonville, 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. 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. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit

The Young Harris College Concert Band is directed by YHC Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land.