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Vance-Granville Community Band performs concert at Louisburg High School

The Vance-Granville Community Band presented its fall concert on Nov. 1 in the Louisburg High School auditorium. It was the third consecutive year that the ensemble, a joint effort between students and interested citizens, has performed its first concert of the academic year in Louisburg. Louisburg High School band director Brian D. Miller, who plays trombone in the community band, welcomed attendees at the start of the evening. Serving as conductor for the concert was Jason Pulley of Henderson, the band director at Eaton-Johnson Middle School. Highlights of the program included familiar tunes like “Shenandoah” and a band arrangement of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Broadway and the big screen were represented by music from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Star Wars Episode I” and a medley of themes from great Italian films. A patriotic theme also ran through the concert, with selections including a concert band arrangement of “America the Beautiful,” the somber “Elegy for a Young American,” which was written to honor the memory of President John F. Kennedy, and music from the television series “Victory at Sea” by Richard Rodgers. The Community Band has scheduled its next concert for Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus.