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Loudon County Concert Band

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The holidays are just around the corner, and you know what that means: music! Good music is essential to any holiday experience, and if that’s what you’re looking for then look no further than the Loudon County Concert Band. You have two great opportunities to hear them perform, one on November 17th and another on December 13th. We know you won’t want to miss either of them, so we sat down with manager Kevin Meyer and director David Whipple from Loudon County Concert Band to ask them a few questions.

ETMV: Thanks for sitting down with us today. When did Loudon County Concert Band first come together?

David: Well, Kevin Meyer officially started the band back in September 2021, but he was in talks with Charlie Barnard from First Baptist Church of Tellico Village as far back as 2018. Kevin had played in the Army band for many years, so when he came here to Loudon County, he saw a huge need for a band in the area. But he needed money, people, and a place to rehearse.

Kevin:  Charlie stepped up to the plate immediately, offering the church sanctuary for rehearsals, granting the band a small budget, and even recruiting our first director, Eugene Hattaway. Sadly, Eugene passed away in 2022, and that’s when David Whipple took on the role. Back when we were getting started though, Eugene was our director, I took care of recruiting players and getting the music selections together, and Charlie handled the location.

ETMV: It sounds like everything came together very quickly.

Kevin: It would have, if it weren’t for COVID. We were all ready to go in Spring of 2020, but then our plans had to be put on hold until a year later. That September 2021 date marked our first rehearsal.

ETMV: How many musicians do you have in the group?

David: We started out with 21, but we’ve since grown to 30.

ETMV: What sort of music do you perform?

David: Mostly Americana, some showtunes from Broadway, a few marches, even pop songs and popular movie themes. And, of course, we even perform a lot of holiday favorites!

ETMV: Does the Loudon County Concert Band have any signature pieces?

Kevin: I don’t know about signature pieces exactly. But one of our favorite pieces to perform is the song “Deep River”. I think you’ll love it when you hear it too. On top of that we actually had a local resident named Mr. Bill Buelow write a special piece for us called “Go Tell It”. It’s a variation on “Go Tell It on the Mountain”.

ETMV: What’s your mission or purpose in forming this band?

Kevin: Really our goal is just to give musicians in the area an outlet to perform for the public and enhance the arts in Loudon County. We’re always on the lookout for more people, too, so I’d encourage anyone in the area that’s reading this to sign up if you’d like to. We practice every Thursday night from 6:30 – 8:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Tellico Village. Though some of our players are older, some are on the younger side, so we’re not just a group of retirees playing music. We’re open to just about all ages and experience levels. Even if you haven’t even touched your instrument in decades, dust it off and come join us. We’d be happy to have you.

ETMV: Are there any roles in particular you were looking to fill in the band?

David: We’d love to add some more double reed instruments like the oboe and the bassoon to our mix, as well as woodwinds, and percussion.

ETMV: I hear you’ve got two shows coming up. Tell us more about those.

Kevin: We do. We’ve got one on November 17th, at the Community Church at Tellico Village and running from 7:00 – 9:00pm in the sanctuary there. We’ll be performing together with the Tellico Voices, Harriet Schneider and Friends, and Tommotley Crew. It’s being put on by Tellico Village Working Together (TWT) group as their 2nd Annual Variety Show. The proceeds will go towards assisting the Family Resource Centers of Monroe County, Loudon County, and Lenoir City with the assembling of food packages and monetary contributions for needed necessities. It’ll be a variety show with Broadway, Pop, and Movie themes for you and your family to enjoy. Tickets are on sale now for $10.

ETMV: And the second show?

David: That one’s our annual Christmas Concert at the First Baptist Church of Tellico Village. It’s on December 13th at 7:00pm, following the Christmas Fellowship dinner at 6:00. We’ll be playing variations of both secular and sacred Christmas favorites ranging from “We Three Kings” to “Go Tell It” (mentioned earlier) to a variation on “Jingle Bells”, to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and many others. The public is invited to join us for both the dinner and the show, but reservations for the dinner have to be in by December 10th.  Or you can just come to the show at 7:00.  Dinner is $15, but the concert is free.

ETMV: How often do you perform?

Kevin: In addition to the holiday concerts mentioned, we usually also perform in March as well as June.

ETMV:  Anything else you’d like to add?

David:  Yes, I’d just like to say again, that we’d really love to have more of you join us.  We have a lot of fun and get to perform some amazing music!  If you’re interested in joining the band, or you just want more information on Loudon County Concert Band, be sure to contact Kevin Meyer at kmeyer56@sbcglobal.net.

Tickets for the 2nd Annual Variety Show are available at Sloans, United Community Bank in Tellico Village, and the Village Salon, or from any Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, or General Federated Women’s Club members.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

1. 2nd Annual Variety Show
November 17th at 7:00 pm

Location: Community Church of Tellico Village

Tickets: $10 each
Purchase at Sloans, United Community Bank (TV), Village Salon, or
from any Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, or General Federated Women’s Club members

2. Christmas Concert
December 13th at 7:00 pm

Christmas Fellowship Dinner at 6:00pm

Location: First Baptist Church of Tellico Village

Tickets: Concert is Free, $15 if attending Dinner
Dinner reservations required. Call the church office at 865-408-0110 by December 10th.

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