John Reed, director of the Three Rivers Symphonic Winds based in Hazlehurst, leads in a musical number for the Veteran’s Day event held at Brewton-Parker College on Nov. 12. BPC/Special
By Suzanne Hewett
MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker College (BPC) hosted the second annual Veterans Day Band Concert in Gilder Recital Hall on Nov. 12.
The purpose behind the event was not only to honor those who have served the country but also to give the surrounding county school bands a chance to play in a larger ensemble. Many of the smaller schools in the area do not have enough students to support a larger band, so they never get the chance to play with a bigger group.
The following groups were represented: Brewton-Parker College Wind Ensemble, Three Rivers Symphonic Winds (from Hazelhurst), Mount Vernon Homeschool Band, Emanuel County Institute, Toombs County High School, Toombs County Middle School, Vidalia High School, J.R. Trippe Middle School, and Robert Toombs Christian Academy.
In total, there were over 60 participants, who ranged in age from middle school to senior citizens. Skill levels also ranged from beginner to professional players.
Hosting this event was a joint effort between BPC, the Three Rivers Symphonic Winds, and O’Malley’s Musical Instruments in Douglas. John Reed and Christian Trowell, both of O’Malley’s, put a lot of work in promoting this event to the schools and distributing the music.
BPC Assistant Professor of Music Matt Haley stated, “Historically, band music has been a community endeavor and great source of civic pride. My hope is that we are continuing this tradition and that everyone involved left with a greater respect for our community of musicians.
“We have wonderful musicians in our part of Georgia and I love performing with them.”
Suzanne Hewett is a student and writer at Brewton-Parker College.