Whitehill to perform with HAU Christmas Memories

Keyser native and jazz trombonist Rhoades Whitehill will appear with the Latshaw Productions Christmas Memories as the Highland Arts Unlimited season continues at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Church-McKee Arts Center on the campus of Potomac State College.

A 1980 graduate of Keyser High School, Whitehill was active in band, regional and state honor bands, solo and ensemble festivals, jazz camps at WVU, and the McDonald’s All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble

RhodesAfter attending West Virginia University he became a member of the United States Naval Academy Band. During his tenure Whitehill performed with the band's Wind Ensemble, Big Band, Brass Quintet, and Superintendent's Combo. In 1996, he became the lead trombonist for the U.S. Navy Band's Commodores Jazz Ensemble and continued in that capacity until his retirement from military service in 2002. During his tenure with the Navy Commodores, Whitehill traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

Whitehill taught at the Baltimore School for the Arts and is the Reading Clerk for the Maryland House of Delegates. A long association with the Zim Zemarel Orchestra began in 1986 where he has served as lead trombonist and arranger as well as a member of the quintet.

A published writer, Whitehill has written many of the group's musical arrangements.  Recently he has done arrangements for the United States Marine Band.

Currently, in addition to his duties with the Maryland General Assembly, he performs widely in big bands, Dixieland bands and in the Bayfield Brass Quintet of which he is a founding member and lead arranger.

Admission for the upcoming concert is free to HAU members. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. 

Advance tickets are available at Anderson's Corner, Romney and Moorefield; Reed’s Drug Store, Clements Jewelers and The Candlewyck, Keyser; the Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland or by calling 304-788-3066 or 304-788-9464.

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 and financial assistance from Potomac State College, the Mineral County Board of Education and corporate sponsors.