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Northwinds Symphonic Band brings classics, movie themes to city
The Northwinds Symphonic Band will perform in concert Saturday, Feb. 27, at First Baptist Church in Gainesville.

Northwinds Symphonic Band
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
Where: First Baptist Church, 751 Green St., Gainesville
Cost: $15 adults, $12 seniors and $5 students
More info: 770-534-2787

Sounds ranging from the melodic “Rhapsody in Blue” to the theme song from “Schindler’s List” will fill the sanctuary at First Baptist Church of Gainesville as the Northwinds Symphonic Band.

The upcoming concert “From Classics to Movies” will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at 751 Green St., in Gainesville.

Joining the band will be pianist Mark Elam Green and violinist Linda Williams with solos along with guest conductor Archie Sharretts. The band will perform music from composers Alfred Reed, Richard Wagner and James Curnow during the first half. Then the concert will conclude with tributes to George Gershwin and John Williams.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets are available at The Arts Council by calling 770-534-2787 or at the door.

The Northwinds Symphonic Band was organized in 1984 as a performance outlet for adult musicians, primarily music educators, in the North Georgia area. The late Ron Evans organized and conducted the group, originally known as The North Georgia Wind Symphony. It played several concerts for the community and was invited in 1986 to perform for the Georgia Music Educators State Convention.

In 1997, the name was changed to The Northwinds Symphonic Band, and the group continues to perform concerts throughout the year.

The Northwinds Symphonic Band roster includes band directors, both active and retired, music teachers, college students, professional musicians and several players who pursue an occupation outside the field of music. Mercer Crook has been the conductor for the past three seasons, along with associate conductors Allen Beach, Elden Moates and Vicki Pinson.

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