Potomac Concert Band to Perform on Potomac State Plaza August 13

The Potomac Concert Band opens the 42nd season of Highland Arts Unlimited, Inc.’s 2014-2015 programming at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 13, with a free concert on the plaza of Potomac State College of West Virginia University’s Church-McKee Arts Center.

The band, under the direction of D. Lynn Zeller, consists of about 55 players who come from 14 different communities in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, including several from the Keyser area and surrounding counties. 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 in Cumberland beginning each spring and plays about 12 concerts per year at Constitution Park, 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 are very entertaining, and include marches, Broadway show medleys, folk songs, patriotic music, overtures, and jazz.

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.

The concert is free and open to the public. Concert-goers are asked to bring chairs for this outdoor concert. In case of poor weather conditions, the concert will be held in the Church-McKee Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.

Highland Arts programs are funded in part by memberships.  On this night, a 10% discount is offered in all categories as in incentive for former and new members to help Highland Arts get started on a positive note for the new season.