COVINGTON -- It wouldn't be spring in Covington without the Newton County Community Band's annual spring concert.
This year's event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Eastside High School auditorium. Admission is free.
Director T.K. Adams said the 60-member band will play a variety of selections, including "The Star Spangled Banner," John Philip Sousa's "The Northern Pines March," Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Tsar's Bride Overture" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." A French horn solo, "Romance," will be performed by band member Tom Tuten. Guest conductors are Eastside High School Band Director Alan Fowler and band member Charles Harris. Adams' son Timothy, a percussion professor at the University of Georgia, will perform a prelude to the concert.
"We're really excited about it. We're not striving for a big band. We're always striving for a better band," Adams said. He added that the concert will last a little more than an hour.
"We try to encourage middle school and high school band students to come out and listen to us," he said, adding that students will be invited to come onstage and stand next to the instrument they play in the school band.
A former band director at Cousins when the school was both a middle and high school, Adams formed the Community Band in 1993 after he was approached by then mayor Bill Dobbs, who said there was a need for recreational activities for adults. Fifteen of the original members are still playing. There are members of all ages, from all walks of life, representing eight counties, Adams said.
"Our youngest members are seniors in high school and our oldest is 82," he said.
"The Community Band epitomizes what is good about our community -- volunteer musicians and a volunteer director who come together weekly in their love of music and who provide a backdrop of music for many of our most important community events," said Buncie Lanners, executive director of the Arts Association in Newton County. The Community Band is under the umbrella of the Arts Association. "Truly, this is a grass roots driven group intent on sharing the gift of music with not only the Newton County community, but also the region."
For more information on the Community Band, including how to join, visit www.newtoncountyarts.org and click on Newton County Community Band under the Programs tab.