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Young Harris College Community Band to Present Veterans Day Concert

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga.—The Young Harris College Community Band will present their annual Veterans Day Concert on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Glenn-McGinnis Hall. This concert is free and open to the public. The YHC Community Band will honor all active, reserve and retired military members with a medley of our country’s service songs. 

Performing music from “Americana,” this concert will feature familiar patriotic melodies, folk songs and favorite hymns including “American Overture of Band,” a standard of wind band literature for decades, a beautiful arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” and two Clare Grundman compositions, “American Folk Rhapsody No. 2” and “Concord,” which will feature YHC’s Adjunct Instructor of Music Cheryl Star on the piccolo.

In addition, YHC Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Dr. Mary Land will guest conduct John Zdechlik’s “Chorale and Shaker Dance,” a piece based upon the familiar hymn “Simple Gifts.”

Directed by Adjunct Instructor of Music Kerry Rittenhouse, the Young Harris College Community Band is comprised of many members of the YHC community. Students featured during the concert include senior education major Katie Rittenhouse, of Blairsville, Ga., on horn, senior biology major Cassidy Starling, of Lavonia, Ga., on horn, sophomore music education major Justin Mason, of Fairburn, Ga., on trombone, sophomore music major David Akeem-Smith, of Fairburn, Ga., on clarinet, and freshman music education major Dakota Reeves, of Blairsville, Ga., on percussion. YHC alumni in the YHC Community Band include Allison Arnold, ’15, Landon Lovell, ’13, James Rhodes, ’14, and Armando Granados, ’16. Retired staff Bud Dyer is also a member of the YHC Community Band.

For more information, contact 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 2017-2018 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