The Blue Ridge Big Band was founded by Dr. Richard “Dick” Trevarthen in 2003 as an addition to the Haywood Community Band. Former Conductors of the Blue Ridge Big Band include, David Teague 2010-2014 and Chris Ullery 2014-2018. The Band has performed many places including the Waynesville Block Party, the Laurel Ridge Country Club, Harrah’s Casino, The Strand Theater, the Colonial Theater, The White Horse at Black Mountain, Givens Estates, the Haywood County Schools Foundation fundraiser, the Folkmoot Gala, the Balsam Mountain Inn and many private parties and corporate events.The Band performs a wide variety of music from the Big Band Era to Beach Music and some current popular tunes.The band members are drawn from many different¬† backgrounds as,¬† music professionals, music arrangers, music educators, tradespeople, local merchants, retired teachers and others who enjoy getting together to have fun making some great music.
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Band Personnel
ConductorDr. John EntziLeicester, NC
Saxophones
Alto Saxophone Rhonda Wilson Kram Waynesville, NC
Alto SaxophoneSean CoughlinCanton, NC
Tenor SaxophoneBruce HendersonCanton, NC
Tenor SaxophoneLavonne Casey Waynesville, NC
Baritone SaxophoneBob BrownCanton, NC
Trumpets
TrumpetDr. John EntziLeicester, NC
TrumpetDr. Sarah Snyder-HopkinsBalsam, NC
TrumpetChip CoxeAsheville, NC
TrumpetMace LoockCanton, NC
Trombones
TromboneBob GregoryWeaverville, NC
TromboneCharles JohnsonAsheville, NC
TromboneChris DavisWaynesville, NC
TromboneDr. George EllwangerNewland, NC
Rhythm
Guitar Bryce ParhamLeicester, NC
PianoAndrew SalowAsheville, NC
BassSandy BooneWaynesville, NC
Drums Jimmy KnightAlexander, NC
Auxiliary PercussionLee KramWaynesville, NC
VocalistMarta ChristmasClyde, NC

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