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Ole Brook Wind Symphony to present annual concert Tuesday

The Ole Brook Wind Symphony will hold its free fall concert Tuesday, and everybody is invited to come and have a listen.

With the autumn breeze rustling through yellowing treetops and turkey calls echoing in the woodlands, music is definitely in the air. In honor of the changing seasons, the Ole Brook Wind Symphony has invited the community to come and enjoy some of their favorite melodies at 7 p.m. The symphony is again performing at Easthaven Baptist Church on Hwy. 84.

The symphony got its start in 2001, and was formed as a way for local musicians to come together and play.

“The concerts are a result of our real ambition, which is to let folks express their talent,” board member Steve Edge said.

Edge has been a member of the symphony since 2005.  He plays the tuba and is one of the group’s most dedicated musicians. The band is comprised of people from all age groups, and any local percussionist or wind instrumentalist is welcome to join.

“We’ve never turned anybody away,” Edge said.

According to Leroy Smith, the symphony’s principal director, about 30 people are expected to perform at Tuesday’s concert. Friends and family will be in attendance, but performers hope to see some different, local faces in the audience.

The event promises to be a laid back and eclectic affair.

“It’s relaxed,” Edge said. “You can come in your blue jeans.”

An assortment of songs will be played in a range of musical styles, from big band ballads to classical concertos. Each piece will highlight local talent and is designed to give performers a chance to really express themselves, he said.

The Ole Brook Wind Symphony is a nonprofit organization.  Edge said the group usually spends money on sheet music and other band-related expenses throughout the year, so donations are greatly appreciated.

Fundamentally, the concert is meant to bring the community together, provide a change of pace to the local social calendar and allow people to take some time to unwind.

“It’s just fun,” Edge said. “The audience gets to come out and see something different. Plus, it doesn’t cost them anything.”

Story by Trapper Kinchen