VGCC’s Youth Honor Band Returns for its 2024 Concert


Vance Granville-Community College is proud to host its second annual Youth Honor Band on February 1–2 at its Main Campus Civic Center in Henderson. While the inaugural event only featured local high school musicians, it was such a success that this year’s concert invited musicians from several local middle schools as well.

School band directors nominated participants based on their musical talent and passion. They will gather for the first time at Thursday’s rehearsal, reconvening Friday morning and building to a concert that evening. Participating students represent schools in Vance, Granville, and Franklin counties.

The student musicians will learn new songs especially for this event. Music selections were not finalized at the time of publication, but event organizers offered a preview of what songs attendees might hear: “The Tempest” (Robert W. Smith), “Bach: Two Joyous Chorales” (arr. Anne McGinty), “Military Escort march” (Harold Bennett), “American Youth Overture” (Floyd St. Clair), and “Air for Band” (Frank Erickson).

This event was planned by a committee comprised of faculty and staff from VGCC, area band directors, area school administrators, local business owners, and other community members. Brian D. Miller, VGCC music instructor and Community Band director, will lead the high school band; Sherri M. Damon, music instructor at Oxford’s Credle Elementary School, will lead the middle school band.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 2. It is open to the public and has no charge for admission. All family, friends, and community members are encouraged to come support these talented students and the schools they represent.

For more information on the VGCC Honor Band or Fine Arts at the College, contact Betsy Henderson, Department Chair of Fine Arts & Humanities, at or 252-738-3371.

Local high school students gather to practice for VGCC's 2023 Youth Honor Band