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Area musicians gear up for concert

December 14, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER | trishr@herald-mail.com
  • The Morgan Community Concert Band has about 32 members and performs three times a year in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
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BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — A community-based concert band is getting ready for its winter concert Thursday night at Berkeley Springs High School.

The free concert by The Morgan Community Concert Band begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Connie Perry Auditorium and will include modern-day concert band music, several marches and a selection of popular Christmas music, said conductor Larry Springer.

The band is comprised of about 32 musicians “from ages 13 to 80,” said Springer, who has been conducting the band since 2008.

About 200 people attended last year’s concert, Springer said.

“Larry makes it fun for everybody,” said Jeanne Mozier, local writer and Morgan Arts Council member.

Mozier said the group’s concerts should be standing-room-only.

“This is the most missed opportunity in this community. These guys are so good,” Mozier said.

The band was founded in 2001, and is made up of musicians from Berkeley Springs and surrounding areas who want to provide cultural enrichment to the community, Springer said.

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“We are always looking for new members,” he said.

Along with its winter concert, it performs a spring concert and a Fourth of July concert, which is held at Cacapon State Park, he said.

“We have dedicated band musicians who rarely miss rehearsals, and we also have fun,” Springer said.

A reception will follow the performance, and although the concert is free, donations will be accepted to help pay for sheet music for the band members, Springer said.

“It’s a great multigenerational experience. Bring the whole family,” Mozier said.

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