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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Potomac Concert Band to showcase local musicians

  • KEYSER - Local musicians will kick off this year's Highland Arts Unlimited season as the Potomac Concert Band of Cumberland performs at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Church-McKee Arts Center at Potomac State College.
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    KEYSER - Local musicians will kick off this year's Highland Arts Unlimited season as the Potomac Concert Band of Cumberland performs at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Church-McKee Arts Center at Potomac State College.
    The 41st season gets underway with its annual outdoor concert on the plaza. This free concert is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to bring a chair.
    In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Church-McKee auditorium.
    An introduction into this year's season, guests are urged to join Highland Arts in preparation for this year's line-up of programs. Those who sign up the night of the concert will receive a 10 percent discount on their membership.
    The Potomac Concert band, directed by D. Lynn Zeller, consists of about 55 players who come from 14 different communities in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, including nine from the Keyser area.
    Zeller estimates that well over 1,000 miles are traveled when the musicians come to a rehearsal or a concert. The band rehearses weekly beginning each May and plays 12-14 concerts per year at Constitution Park, downtown Cumberland, nursing homes, and other venues.
    The Potomac Concert Band continues a cultural tradition of community wind bands in the area dating back more than a century as shows include marches, show tunes, patriotic music, jazz and rock and pop.
    The mission of the Potomac Concert Band is to provide quality challenging musical experiences for its members and to educate and entertain family audiences in the Tri-State area of Western Maryland.
    Highland Arts hopes that residents of the Keyser area will come out and support this community musical celebration. Musicians from the Keyser area playing in the band are: Jon Bush, Roger Henry, Tamela Rankin, Katie Rankin, David Shapiro, Richard Frush, Eric Farris, Eleanor Toth and Charles Whitehill.
    HAU programs are funded by membership and corporate contributions, financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts; grants from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and financial support from the Mineral County Board of Education, with generous in-kind support from Potomac State College of West Virginia University.
    For additional information about this program or Highland Arts Unlimited Inc, contact 304-788-3066 or 304-788-9465.
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