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

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Community Band will present the highly anticipated annual outdoor “Pops on the Plaza” concert on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. on 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 YHC Adjunct Instructor of Music Kerry Rittenhouse, the ensemble is comprised of talented high school and adult musicians from the local community, and performs traditional band classics as well as entertaining “pops” music.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the program will be a celebration to the instrumental program that began from the YHC Community Band and eventually grew into the YHC Concert Band. Both bands will combine into one large, impressive ensemble for the evening.

In addition to Rittenhouse, this year’s “Pops on the Plaza” will feature all former directors of the Community Band during its history including Adjunct Instructor of Music Alan Denmon, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Dr. Mary Land, and former Professor of Music and Dean of the Division of Fine Arts Dr. Benny Ferguson.

The concert will feature music from crowd-favorite Broadway musicals and movie scores to beloved pop songs and traditional band favorites. 

The YHC Community Band provides an opportunity for local musicians to perform quality musical literature, serves as an educational resource for area schools and presents several free concerts every year for residents in the region.

For more information, call YHC’s 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 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2016-2017 list of Colleges of Distinction and is listed as a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit