Com­mu­nity Band seeks new mem­bers First prac­tice set for Sept. 10

The Covington News - - NEWTON @ PLAY - By Rachel Oswald

The Com­mu­nity Band will have its first prac­tice of the sea­son on Sept. 10 and is look­ing for new mem­bers.

The band, formed by adults from New­ton County and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, has weekly prac­tices Mon­day nights in the band room of East­side High School. Prac­tices be­gin at 7 p. m. and last for two hours.

Founder and Di­rec­tor of the Com­mu­nity Band T. K. Adams said the band will have five per­for­mances dur­ing its 2007- 2008 sea­son in­clud­ing a Christ­mas con­cert, a spring con­cert and a Fourth of July con­cert.

There will also be sev­eral smaller con­certs through­out the year at lo­cal schools and com­mu­nity cen­ters. There are no au­di­tions or fees to join the Com­mu­nity Band Adams said.

“ We’re just hav­ing a good time and en­joy­ing each other,” said Adams, a re­tired band di­rec­tor from Cousins Mid­dle School.

Adams said the band will first be­gin prac­tic­ing pieces for the Christ­mas con­cert in De­cem­ber. The Com­mu­nity Band also plays Big Band mu­sic, over­tures from pop­u­lar movies and mu­si­cals and pop se­lec­tions.

Since Adams be­gan the band in 1993, it has grown to in­clude ap­prox­i­mately 50 mem­bers to­day. Ages range in the band, said Adams, with its old­est mem­ber, a vi­o­lin­ist, com­ing in at 78. High school se­niors who are in good stand­ing with their own school bands may also join the Com­mu­nity Band. Many mem­bers of the Com­mu­nity Band have been there since the band was first founded.

“About a half of the play­ers are the ones that started with me,” Adams said. “ They’re still there.”

The Com­mu­nity Band has open re­hearsals, but Adams said it is bet­ter to call ahead so that he will know to have enough sheet mu­sic to go around.

“ We are al­ways look­ing for new ones to come in,” Adams said. “ They are al­ways wel­come.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about The Com­mu­nity Band, con­tact T. K. Adams at ( 770) 786- 4816.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

T. K. strikes up the band: T. K. Adams, right, di­rects The Cov­ing­ton Com­mu­nity Band as they play the Star Span­gled Ban­ner as the finale of their an­nual Fourth of July Con­cert on the Square.

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