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Patriotic Concert featuring THE LAND OF THE SKY SYMPHONIC BAND Sat July 4th 2015 7:30pm

$12 in advance
$15 at the door

Few images are as iconically American as a community band concert in the town square. From the legendary Sousa Band to talented amateur ensembles, bands have tackled instrumental repertoire ranging from stirring marches to orchestral transcriptions. Right across the street from Black Mountain’s Town Square, listeners can experience the phenomenon first hand as the White Horse hosts the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band.

Founded in 1990 as a way of uniting Enka High School alumni with their band director, it soon became apparent that the high level of interest meant that the group would become a community band. Through many changes of membership and directors a core group persevered, raising standards by remaining small and choosing members by invitation or audition. Today, the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band is a forty-three piece ensemble made up of skilled amateurs and professional musicians.

Musical director Dr. David Wilken is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from DePaul University and the Doctor of Arts in Trombone Performance from Ball State University. He’s held teaching positions at several colleges and universities, and is currently an Instructor of Music at Western Carolina University as well as Music Director and lead trombonist of the Asheville Jazz Orchestra