Highland Arts Opens Season With Outdoor Concert at PSC

(Reprinted with permission from the Mineral Daily News-Tribune)

Highland Arts Unlimited will open its 2011-12 season on Wednesday, Aug. 17, with an outdoor concert by the Potomac Concert Band of Cumberland, Md., at 6:30 p.m. on the plaza at the Church-McKee Arts Center in Keyser.

This is a free concert to which the public is invited and people are encouraged to bring chairs.  In case of bad weather, the concert will be held in the Church-McKee auditorium.

Those who wish to join Highland Arts on this night will receive a 10 percent  discount. 

The Potomac Concert band, directed by D. Lynn Zeller, consists of about 55 players who come from 14 different communities in Maryland, West Virginia, including 12 from the Keyser area, and Pennsylvania.

The Keyser concert will feature the premiere of an original march by Dr. Charles Whitehill, professor emeritus of the music department of Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Also featured will be a trumpet solo on “’Round Midnight” by Jon Bush, owner of Melody Music in downtown Keyser.
Other band members from this community include: Eleanor Toth, Dave Shapiro, Kristin Loar, Tamela Rankin, Katie Rankin, Bill Signor, Shannon Baker, Mark Rudy, Roger Walker, and Roger Henry.

The director estimates that well over 1,000 miles are traveled when the musicians come to a rehearsal or a concert.  The band rehearses weekly beginning in May each spring, and plays 12-14 concerts per year at Constitution Park, downtown Cumberland, nursing homes, and other venues. This continues a cultural tradition of community wind bands in the area dating back more than a century. The styles of music played include marches, show tunes, patriotic music, jazz, 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 help sustain this important kind of community musical celebration.

For additional information about this program or Highland Arts Unlimited Inc, contact 304-788-3066.
This year’s programs are funded in part by membership contributions, grants from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, and financial assistance from Potomac State College, the Mineral County Board of Education, and corporate sponsors.