Watauga Community Band Welcomes Spring With Concert at Watauga High School

Published Friday, April 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm

By Bailey Faulkner

Celebrate the beginning of the spring season with the Watauga Community Band this Sunday, May 1 at the Watauga High School auditorium. The band will start the afternoon of music at 3 p.m.

Watauga Community Band

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Watauga Community Band

Dr. Charles L. Isley, Jr., former Professor Emeritus of Music at ASU, started the Watauga Community Band in the ’80s to give community members the opportunity to make music together. Since its inception, the Watauga Community Band has included among its ranks band directors, doctors, professional musicians and other music lovers in the community.

The band, made entirely of volunteers, has recently been working on music for Sunday’s show.

“I’m personally very excited for all of the music we have planned,” said Bill Winkler, director of the band.

The band will perform a piece entitled “A Movement for Rosa,” a number celebrating the life and times of Rosa Parks. The entirely musical piece follows Rosa Parks from her childhood through her involvement in the turbulent Civil Rights Movement.

“The piece will end with a theme of hope, but will also have a motif that acknowledges that there is still work to be done,” Winkler said.

Winkler is excited to see the band’s hard work and patience pay off at Sunday’s show. In addition to “A Movement for Rosa,” the band will perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide.The band will also play “What’s Up at the Symphony,” a medley of classical pieces from classic cartoons.

The band will also celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary with music from the show.

While the concert is free, the band is grateful for donations.

If you’re interested in seeing the Watauga Community Band, be sure to make it to the Watauga High School auditorium this Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m.!

 

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