Band brings history to WaynesboroFest

September 27, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- WaynesboroFest continued Sunday with a performance from the community's 110-year-old band.

The Wayne Band was supposed to perform outdoors at the cupola amphitheater, but dark, cloudy skies moved the concert to the Waynesboro Area Middle School auditorium.

For trumpet player Harry Wagner, the location brought back memories. He served as band director in the building when it was Antietam Junior High School.

"When I retired, I did nothing with music for the first year. Another band director said to me, 'I don't want your mind to rust,'" he said, describing why he joined the Wayne Band.


His wife, Dot, taught music in Chambersburg, Pa., and now plays clarinet in the 35-member Wayne Band. She couldn't choose a favorite selection from the music played Sunday.

"I like them all," Dot Wagner said.

Harry Wagner and the couple's friend, Eve McGrory, identified the "Phantom of the Opera" medley as their personal highlight from the performance.

"I love Andrew Lloyd Webber," said McGrory, of Hagerstown.

She joined the Wayne Band several years ago after hearing the Wagners speak highly of it.

"In my retirement, I took up the clarinet. I had never played a wind instrument," said McGrory, who has piano-playing experience.

McGrory said she'd recommend the Wayne Band to anyone looking for playing time.

Director Daniel Deatrich said young adults have joined the Wayne Band in recent years.

"We have a broad range from senior citizens to high-schoolers," he said.

The band rehearses from 7:30 to 9 p.m. most Mondays in Waynesboro Borough Hall. It performs at special events, nursing homes and parades.

"I think we've had an engagement a week since May 30," Deatrich said.

WaynesboroFest is a 10-day, triennial celebration of the community. It continues today with two bus tours and a performance of "The Amish Project."

WaynesboroFest highlights

Tickets can be obtained at the WaynesboroFest headquarters in the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce building at the intersection of East Main Street and Roadside Avenue. For more information, call 540-514-5108.


  • "The Amish Project" is a presentation written and portrayed by Waynesboro, Pa., native Jessica Dickey. It describes the killings of Amish students in nearby Lancaster County, Pa. 8 p.m. at Waynesboro Area Middle School. Free ticket required to guarantee a seat.


  • A wine tasting will be presented by the Waynesboro Country Club. Six wines will be tasted with a tapas plate of food. 7:30 p.m. $20 per ticket.

  • Waynesboro After Dark ghost tours are historical tours including legends, stories and facts about the area. East tours begin at Adventures in Coffee. West tours begin at the Oller House. Both tours are repeated each time period, so you can choose or take both. 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Free tickets are required. Limited number per tour.


  • A slide show and discussion will be presented about the history of West Main Street, its development, the caves and the important people who settled there. The presence of the railroad had a significant influence. 7 p.m. Free ticket guarantees a seat. Waynesboro Area Middle School.


  • U.S. Marine Band concert in Waynesboro Area Senior High School auditorium. 7 p.m. Free ticket required to guarantee a seat.


  • WaynesboroFest Family Day will be held at Red Run Park featuring two bands -- Soup and The Holders -- hay rides, train rides and a fish rodeo for those younger than 13. Firetruck rides, food vendors, police displays, games and prizes also will be included. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything is free, except food.

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