Friday August 06, 2010 – Clarke County Community Band delighted its audience with a rousing concert Friday evening at the Rose Hill Community Park in Berryville. A crowd of all ages sat on the hill above the Gazebo which overflowed with musicians. All enjoyed a warm, breezy, music filled evening.
The concert began with the National Anthem followed by selections from the Big Band Era including crowd pleasing favorites “In the Mood” and “Zoot Suit.” A medley of The Beatles “Sergeant Pepper” album followed.
Blood was stirred up by a Western Medley including themes from “Magnificent Seven”, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”, and finishing with “Hang ‘Em High.”
The final medley of the evening was a cartoon symphony featuring themes from Merry Melodies, Flintstones, The Jetsons, Pink Panther, Looney Tunes and The Simpsons.
Conductor Crystal Cutler commented that no concert would be complete without a good march as she conducted “Patton’s March.”
Clarke County’s own Jessica Tavenner guest conducted a beautiful arrangement of “Shenandoah” by John Ford. Ms. Tavenner is the former conductor and director of the Clarke County Community Band.
A perfect evening of music was concluded by Crystal Cutler conducting “America the Beautiful.”
Ms. Cutler amazed the audience by introducing each of the musicians (ranging in age from high schoolers to senior retirees).
The Clarke County Community Band will perform again on the evening of Friday, September 10, 2010 in its “Music in the Park” series. The next concert on commemorates the events of September 11, 2001.
The band plans to perform its Christmas concert both in Berryville and then again at Shenandoah University.
Watch the Clarke Daily News for performance dates.