Bainbridge Community Band brings holiday joy

Published 6:17 pm Tuesday, December 9, 2014


The Bainbridge Community Band, led by BHS Director Paschal Ward, stands in full glory at Bainbridge High School.


Since 2009, the Bainbridge Community Band has been sharing their talents with Decatur County residents through their Christmas concerts at the Charles H. Kirbo Center at Bainbridge State College. This year’s concert, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2:30 p.m. promises to be a real treat for the community.  Under the direction of BHS band director Paschal Ward, the band has been rehearsing for several weeks in preparation for the free event.  In addition to the adults, most of whom are former band students, the community ensemble of wind and percussion players also includes several students from the BHS band, who were invited by Ward to participate in the group.  The group is sponsored by The Post-Searchlight, and all members are volunteers who play for the enjoyment of music and for the personal growth and challenge that a community band provides.
Sunday’s performance promises music to entertain all ages.  Many are traditional Christmas selections, while the band is also throwing in some newer light-hearted songs.  As they always do, the Bainbridge Community Band will open with The Star Spangled Banner and will follow it with music from among the following:  A Christmas Celebration, Pacem Noel, Hey Man Christmas Rocks, All is Calm, All I Want for Christmas is You, Sleigh Ride, Blue Christmas, Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer, Feliz Navidad, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Home for the Holidays and Holiday Celebration.
Members of the Bainbridge Community Band are: Paschal Ward, Director; Flutes-Tammi Godwin, Emily Ward, Charley Rayfield, Sarah Burch, Olivia Murrah, Jennifer Cerone, Claudia Luevano, Carah Jones, Andrea Clenney, Pam Flowers and Michaela Calhoun; Oboe-Megan Ford; Clarinets-Erin Caplan, Ethan Martin, Haley Harrell, Donna Stegall, McKenna Stegall, Lori Brown, Regan Cutchin, Lacey West, and Joseph Kelly;  Bass Clarinet-Taylor Clark and Leandra Brown;  Alto Saxaphones-Yamantie Galnares, Grace McIntosh, Chelsea Green, Zach Wilson, Jacob Brown, Matthew Walker, and Alissa Brown.
Other band members include Tenor Saxophone-Tanner Jackson; Baritone Saxophone-David Brock; Bassoon-Peyton Dodson; French Horn-Sophia Boose, Jordan Sewell, Alex Tuten, Mallory West and Summer Boyd; Trumpets-Aric Aldridge, Frank Flowers, Wayne Lambert, Matt Martin, Kody Clayton, Jeremy Perkins, Ryan Whittaker, Paige Stegall, Makayla Ingram, Austin Aldridge, Lauren Turner and Jennifer Becerra; Trombones-James Sewell, Trey Walker, Raymond Powell, Randall Terry, Tucker Brock, Timothy Wilson, Courtney Martin and Art Bruce.
Band members also include: Baritone-Joe Livingston, Stephen Mayfield, Jeremiah Mullins and Paul Whaley; Tubas-Jessie Powell, Malasia Taylor, Tyler Allen and Chris Scott; and Percussion-Zach Powell, Leigh Mullis Powell,  Nathaniel Lambert, Mike Sims, Davin Butler, Taylor Colon and Odinaka Obiwwanee.

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