Wellston Winds to perform Sunday

awoolen@macon.comSeptember 11, 2013 

  • If you go

    What: Wellston Winds concert
    When: 3 p.m. Sunday
    Where: First United Methodist Church, 205 N. Davis Drive, Warner Robins
    Cost: Free

WARNER ROBINS -- For the second straight year, Wellston Winds will open the season for the Warner Robins Community Concert Association.

The free concert will be held Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 205 N. Davis Drive, Warner Robins at 3 p.m.

The band was formed three years ago by a group of band directors, former Air Force Band members and music teachers.

“Everybody here is a player,” said conductor Lloyd McDonald, who is the band director at Feagin Mill Middle School.

A select group of high school students also play with the band, which has 40 members.

McDonald said the band gives the students a chance to play with professional musicians.

The first half of the show will feature music from around Europe.

Included in that is “Funiculi, Funicula” by Luigi Denza; “Russian Sailor’s Dance” by Reinhold Gliere and “Golliwogg’s Cakewalk” by Claude Debussy.

The second half is what McDonald described as “a more ecletic mix,” featuring American composers such as Gershwin.

Vocalist Sharron Wilhelm will be singing, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”

McDonald, who has been in a band for 30 years, said the concert “has something for everyone.”

Wilhelm was a vocalist with the Air Force Band for 14 years and now performs with the Georgia Big Band and Celebration.

“I started singing at an early age,” she said.

This will be Wilhelm’s first appearance with the Wellston Winds.

Her boyfriend, John Cornacchione, plays the trombone in the band and got her involved.

“I’m excited about it,” she said of the performance Sunday.

 

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