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Wharton County Junior College band members, from left, Evan Stavena, Rocio Alanis and Destiny Dentonrehearse for the upcoming Country and Western concert. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Pioneer Student Center on the Wharton campus. The concert is open to the public and free of admission.
WHARTON, TEXAS – Boots, belt buckles and cowboy hats will be the perfect accompaniment for the Wharton County Junior College Band’s first concert of the Fall 2017 season, “Country and Western.”
S cheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Pioneer Student Center Ballroom on the Wharton campus , the concert will feature well-known favorites like “Cotton-E yed Joe, ” “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and several songs penned by musical icon Willie Nelson .
Band Director Joe Waldrop chose the concert’s theme based upon the band’s special performance in Missouri next spring.
“ The WCJC Concert Band will be performing in Branson, Mo., and they asked us to try and do at least one country song so I thought, ‘Why not do a whole concert and we can pick our best one from that?’” Waldrop said.
For the “Country and Western” concert, Waldrop is planning to have a fiddle player accompany the band on “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” a song written and performed by the Charlie Daniels Band and known for its stunning fiddle solos.
He’s also counting on audience participation.
“We will leave a space open in front of the stage in case someone wants to do a little boot scootin’,” Waldrop said. “We really want people to come out and enjoy themselves.”
The band’s members have been working hard to learn the music and Waldrop said he’s pleased with their progress.
“I have a great group of students and they are working well and getting along as an ensemble,” he said
Waldrop noted that one of his priorities each semester is to broaden his students’ musical horizons.
“My goal is to try and intr oduce varied styles of music so the students don’t get too comfortable in only one genre,” he said. “I want them to develop a deeper appreciation for music as a whole.”
The WCJC Band will present the “Country and Western” concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Pioneer Student Center Ballroom on the Wharton campus. The event is open to the public and free of charge.