Today’s Email Announcements

Published Monday, November 23, 2015 at 9:58 am

1) Flap Jack Flip to Support Watauga Schools Set for Dec. 5

The Watauga Education Foundation will host its annual Flap Jack Flip fundraising event on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 7:30-11 a.m. at Watauga High School. Tickets are $6 in advance and will be $8 at the door. Enjoy pancakes, local sausage, country ham and homemade blueberry syrup. Santa Claus, a raffle, musicians and the Boone Service League holiday marketplace will be featured. Get tickets in advance from a WEF board member or any Boone Service League member or get them online at All proceeds will directly support classrooms in the Watauga County Schools system.

2) ASU Symphony Band to Perform on Dec. 2

The Appalachian Symphony Band will present its last performance of the semester Dec. 2 at Appalachian State University.

The 8 p.m. concert in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus is free and open to the public. Kevin Gray Richardson is the conductor with graduate conductors Matthew Brusseau and Onsby C. Rose.

The band will premiere Ben Hjertmann’s composition “Kudzu Vine,” based on the fast-growing Japanese plant. The composition musically climbs and coils in terms of melody and harmonic development much like the plant’s growth. Hjertmann is an assistant professor of composition in the Hayes School of Music.

Brusseau will direct Gordon Jacob’s “Old Wine in New Bottles.” The light-hearted piece is based on four early English folk songs.

Also on the program is “The Library of Congress March,” written by John Philip Sousa and arranged by Stephen Bulla. The composition was begun by Sousa in 1931 but unfinished at the time of his death in 1932. Bulla, a U.S. Marine Band staff arranger, used a piano draft and one page of a completed band score to complete the work.

Rose will direct the North Carolina premiere of “Tidal Forces” by Michael Markowki. The composition is meant to be a celebration of life and the “invisible strings that bind us together,” according to the composer.

Other works on the program are “One Life Beautiful” by Julie Giroux, “Nosy Wheels of Joy” by Eric Whitacre and “Galop” by Arthur Bird.

3) ASU to Test Campus Siren on Dec. 2

Appalachian State University will test its campus-wide siren warning system Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 11:55 a.m. The campus drill also will include a recorded message indicating the beginning and end of the test.

To hear the tones that would be used during an emergency on campus, visit Also, in the event of an actual emergency, official university information will be posted at

4) Winter Jazz at Chetola Resort with Maureen Renihan & Friends

Saturday nights at Chetola will feature Maureen Renihan & Friends Jazz Band performing in the lounge of Timberlake’s Restaurant. Music is from 6-9 pm. There is no cover charge and the resort and restaurant are family friendly and open to the public.

Maureen & Friends Jazz Band has been performing at Chetola since the Summer of 2014 and jazz night has been a regular event at the resort since that time. The Boone-based vocalist was the opening act at The Symphony by the Lake hosted at Chetola this past summer. Throughout the winter months, the band will perform in the lounge which offers an intimate listening experience by the warmth of the fireplace.

As usual, the vocalist will be accompanied by varying musicians weekly, many of whom are ASU School of Music faculty and others are accomplished professionals from Asheville and Charlotte. The group performs standards, popular selections from the Great American Songbook, and seasonal favorites throughout the holidays.

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