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YHC Community Band to Present “Pops on the Plaza”

Thursday, April 5, 2012

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

Young Harris College Community Band to Present “Pops on the Plaza”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Community Band will present the annual “Pops on the Plaza” concert Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the YHC Campus Plaza. The community is invited to gather lawn chairs and blankets and make plans to enjoy a memorable evening of familiar musical favorites. The performance is free and open to the public.

Directed by YHCSenior 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 performs traditional band classics as well as entertaining “pops” music.

“This annual outdoor concert is a great way to welcome summer to the mountains,” said Land. “We encourage audience members to bring along picnics and enjoy a fun-filled evening of music.”

YHC Community Band clarinetist Missie Kirkland, mezzo soprano, of Blairsville, Ga., will be featured as a guest vocalist during American composer Warren Barker’s arrangement of songs from The Wizard of Oz and familiar favorites by George and Ira Gershwin. Kirkland earned a degree in vocal performance from Columbus State University and currently serves as a soloist for the Mountain Community Chorus.

The program features several famous marches, including “The Southerner March” by Russell Alexander and “March Grandioso” by Roland Seitz. The band will also perform music by renowned wind band composers such as Clare Grundman, Percy Grainger and Samuel Hazo.

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

Young Harris College students performing include freshman Adham Hamilton, bassoon, of Powder Springs, Ga., junior Allison Arnold, flute, of Young Harris, Ga., sophomore 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
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