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Watauga Community Band Rings in the Holidays with Concert Tomorrow, ‘TubaChristmas’ Event Sunday

By Emma Speckman

Dec. 4, 2014. The Watauga Community Band will perform their annual Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Blowing Rock School Auditorium.

“We have always drawn a really good crowd in Blowing Rock,” director Steve Frank said. “It’s a town that just exudes charm. They want to do things that are special throughout the holidays.”

At the concert, the band will play such holiday favorites and classics as Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” George Frideric Handel’s “The Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah,” Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and John Niles’ “I Wonder as I Wander.”
In addition to the full band, several small groups of band members will also play a selection of holiday music.

The band’s tuba players and clarinet players will be especially showcased during this concert, Frank said.

The concert is free, and open to the public. The Blowing Rock School auditorium is located on Sunset Drive in downtown Blowing Rock.

Sunday, the Watauga Community Band will continue in the holiday spirit, with their second annual “TubaChristmas” event at Boone Mall.

TubaChristmas is a national, annual event celebrating low brass musicians and the holiday season. According to the even’t website, “TubaChristmas” was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Frank said.

This performance will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Boone Mall.

For more information, visit wataugaband.org.

The Watauga Community Band performs at the Blowing Rock School often. Bill Winkler, shown here, directs the band.
Dr. Charles Isley, 93, also occasionally directs the Watauga Community Band. Isely taught in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University from 1958-1978.