Celebrate Independence Day – July 3 at 4-H Center

Join us back at Gazebo Gatherings on Friday, July 10 with Rich Follett (see info below)

2015-independence-day-smBlue Ridge Arts Council will take a break this Friday, July 3, 2015 from our Friday night Gazebo Gatherings Concert Series and encourages you to attend the community Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Display, featuring a special performance by the American Legion Community Band and the Front Royal Oratorio Society. The program will begin at 7:30pm followed by fireworks at dusk, at the amphitheater at the 4-H Center off of Harmony Hollow Rd. in Front Royal, Va.

Admission is free, although donations are accepted for the fireworks. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

The American Legion Community Band, located in Front Royal, Va, was formed in 1986 and has been playing concerts in the area ever since. The conductors and band members are all volunteer musicians from the local area and new members are always welcome.

The band performs at a variety of concerts and community festivals throughout the year. All performances are free and open to the public. Their repertoire is both versatile and traditional with works ranging from classical to popular, marches and operatic overtures to modern works for band. The band is sponsored by the Giles B. Cook Post #53 of the American Legion.

The conductors are Ed Richards, Ronald Dye and Mark Malechek. All rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 7:30 – 9:00 pm in the Fulton Fine Arts Complex bandroom at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va. Anyone who plays an instrument and would like to join is welcome to attend. The American Legion Community Band’s performance season extends from September through July each year with public performances both indoors and out.

Gazebo Gathering – July 10, 2015 – Rich Follett

rich$20pic-1Rich Follett has entertained audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad for more than twenty-five years. His CD recordings of original contemporary folk music A Place In the Circle and Christmas In My Heart are available worldwide through Amazon.com., and his song Shenandoah Christmas has been a favorite on Valley Radio for more than twenty years now. He has performed as a featured artist at The Kennedy Center, the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival, and for twelve seasons as The Merrie Minstrel at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Rich has appeared frequently in productions at Virginia’s Wayside Theatre and has toured extensively with many professional productions. He is an award-winning poet and songwriter with numerous publications to his credit.

Rich is a National Board certified teacher of tenth-grade English, Speech, and Theatre for the Public School System, has been  named six times to the Who’s Who Among America ‘s Teachers and for the past nine years has taught Theatre Arts for Northern Virginia ‘s PAVAN enrichment program for gifted and talented youth. He frequently employs guitar and vocal music as a teaching tool in the classroom (you just haven’t lived until you have corrected the grammar in country songs and have sung the results in class). Rich was the recipient of a 2004 Fulbright Memorial Fund scholarship, through which he visited Japan as an educational ambassador. The Virginia Association of Speech, Debate and Drama coaches named him Theatre Coach of the year for 2010. He is proud and excited to be a part of both the growing and thriving Arts community in the Shenandoah Valley.

Fee: No Admission Charge

Concert Time: 7pm

Location: Town Commons, Main & Chester Streets, Front Royal, Virginia Concert

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Concert series presented by Blue Ridge Arts Council, and sponsored in part by Virginia Commission for the Arts, County of Warren, and Town of Front Royal.

Click here for printable schedule Gazebo 2015 Schedule