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Hagerstown Community Concert Association opens 46th season

October 14, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

Don Edwards, trumpeter and spokesman for the Southern Fried Jazz Band, described the eight-person Dixieland band's music as a "down-home type thing."

The group's CD is titled "It's What's Cookin,'" and the ensemble will serve up generous portions of "hot tempos" and "simmering blues" Monday, Oct. 18, at The Maryland Theatre. The performance is the first of the four in Hagerstown Community Concert Association's 46th season.

Patricia Young of Hagerstown is in her second term as president of the organization.

In past years, program choices were based on performers' videos. For this season, Young traveled to Nashville in August 2003 to view a showcase of performers - live on stage.

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"We look for a lot of diversification in our program," she said.

The 2004-05 lineup promises that.

The season begins with Dixieland jazz and includes chamber music, an improvisational comedian and Broadway show tunes from a vocalist who's been called "The World's Longest Running Phantom."

Starr Acheson is the Southern Fried Jazz Band's vocalist, and along with Edwards' trumpet, a trombone, drums, piano, banjo, clarinet and bass, provides a Dixieland show with some audience contact.

"It's a happy sound, and it's kind of contagious," Edwards said.

A season ticket covers admission to four shows. The Hagerstown association has reciprocity agreements with community concert associations in Chambersburg, Pa., Gettysburg, Pa., and Waynesboro, Pa., as well as Westminster, Md. That entitles Hagerstown association season ticket holders to additional performances in those communities at no extra cost.

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