Community Invited to “Celebration of Life Through Music” Honoring Late Prof. John Hawkins

A tribute entitled, “Celebration of Life Through Music” will be held for the late John Hawkins, Ph.D., former music professor at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m., in the Church-McKee Arts Center. The community is invited to attend this free event.

The Potomac State College/Community Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Fred Kesner will perform during the first half of the program. Among their selections will be a composition by local musician, Jim Roderick entiled "Elegy for Doc".  The jazz band's pianist, Ed Morgret, will also be featured on "Prayer Meetin'", a gospel style jazz piece.  Highlights also include Pittsburgh saxophonist and close friend of Dr. Hawkins, Curtis Johnson, will perform with the PSC Jazz Ensemble as well as a jazz combo.

John Hawkins
John Hawkins

The second half of the program will be a reunion of cast members performing their signature songs from previous musicals directed by Dr. Hawkins and Tom Valentine. Selections will include the following:

1999 - Grease - Sophie Davis -FREDDY MY LOVE

2000 -Godspell Laura Becker Groves -DAY BY DAY

2001 - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Jon Fritz - ANY DREAM WILL DO

2002 - Jesus Christ Superstar - Ken Nolan, - HEAVEN ON THEIR MIND

2003 - Little Shop of Horrors - Jamie Carter - GROW FOR ME

2004 - Footloose - Beau Hartman - LETS HEAR IT FOR THE BOY

2005 - Bye Bye Birdie - Josh Arnold - SINCERE

2006 - Cats - Lura Thompson - MEMORY, Kimberli Rowley /Heidi Gardner - MACCAVITY

2007 - Chicago - Allison Abrahams IF YOU’RE GOOD TO MAMA

2008 - Pippin - Jimmy Corley - MAGIC TO DO

2009 - The Wizard of Oz - Jim House IF I ONLY HAD A HEART

2010 Beauty and the Beast -Alex McDonald - BE OUR GUEST

2011 - My Fair Lady - Melissa Tucker- COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT, Ron Growden - I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE

2012 - Oklahoma - Danise Whitlock - I CAIN’T SAY NO

2013 - McNeil’s Rangers- Kevin Shreve- DRUMMER BOY, Kourtni High, Hunter Martin - TIME I WAS A BRIDE

2014 - Les Miserables -ONE DAY MORE – cast


A goodwill offering to benefit the American Cancer Society will be collected.