On June 6, we had our first in-person rehearsal since the pandemic started last March. It was a jubilant reunion! It was an opportunity to play as part of an ensemble again. It was exciting to see one another as well as to welcome new faces. There was elation once the parts came together, and we started to play as an ensemble rather than as individual players.
We welcomed our new conductor, Chiara Head. She played with the band in high school and then earned her music degree from George Mason University. Her musical talent and leadership have been an asset to the band as an ensemble. Windmore's Piedmont Community Band had been unable to practice or perform during Covid. Head started working with them in June. On July 4, after just four rehearsals, the band gave their first live performance in over a year at the Freedom Car and Truck Show for CARS. This event drew a large crowd, excited to hear the familiar strains of patriotic music. The joy in the crowd was palpable.
The young musician William Taber "played" the trumpet at the CARS Piedmont Community Band concert. His father Joseph Taber, Minister at the Culpeper Presbyterian Church, plays the trombone in the band.
We hope to make appearances at local events later this summer and plan to schedule a concert in the fall. Check our webpage and social media information.
We welcome new talent! If you or someone you know plays a band instrument, join us Sunday nights from 6:30-8:30 at Culpeper Baptist Church. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to learn more.