Congratulations to the winners of the MVE art show! MVE in partnership with Gilmer Arts and Heritage Center held the annual Art show! First place Lilyian Cook, Second place Keller Baughman, Third place Lilly Green, Honorable Mention Grayson Pritchett, Honorable Mention Brady Weaver. Thanks to everyone who participated.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer High School (GHS) Marching Band is looking to replace their uniforms after 13 years of use.
The legacy of the current uniforms stretches across over a decade of champion level performances, nation-spanning shows like Hollywood for the Christmas Parade, and growth into new avenues, such as this year’s inaugural Winter Guard Competitive Season.
After all the events these uniforms have been showcased at, the time has come to hang up the old and ring in the new. Director of Bands Joe Pflueger has worked since November on finding the new look and gauging interest of both band members and Band Boosters members. Originally engaging three companies for design bids and ideas, Pflueger has finally come to a definitive design.
Noting the resemblance of the front design to that of our iconic mountains, he said he has decided on the final design from Fruhauf Uniforms, Inc. The competition line uniform will bear the school’s emblematic G as seen in the photo.
Achieving this goal, however, is something the band team is still working towards. Pflueger took time to speak with FetchYourNews (FYN) saying he felt the new uniforms, along with the board’s August approval for replacing percussion instruments, bear a rewarding feeling for the students after the constant work and successes in recent years.
The uniforms are more than just a new design for some though. Band mom Bobbi Leigh Mullins said it represented the chance to have her son “sparkle and shine” as he marched for the band.
Consisting of 130 musicians, the GHS Band has always grown from support from its band boosters, support from the school and school board, and support from the community to further its efforts. Pflueger spoke with FYN confirming that the band has already raised half of the funds necessary to purchase the uniforms. However, if they are to meet their hopes of fielding these uniforms at the opening show next season, this fall, they need to garner another $30,000 to finish the project.
Attempting to raise the necessary funds, the band has turned to its community for help. An official release from the organization has offered game-time announcements and program recognition for sponsorship at different “star levels.” Each level represents a part of a uniform up to “5 Star” level at $395 for a full uniform.
Pflueger said the process has included over 20 designs and numerous minor changes to designs before ending on this arrangement. Though the current band stands at 130 students, Pflueger admitted the band could see growth toward 140 in the coming years, making it the largest band Gilmer has fielded to date. Pflueger told FYN, “With all the organizations, it’s just getting the kid involved. It makes for a better, well-rounded kid. And it provides those kids with memories they can keep the rest of their lives … That’s the satisfying part of it.”
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Tonight’s showing of the Mountain Faith Band has been cancelled due to the weather.
As snow continues to fall and build in Gilmer County, the staff of Gilmer ARTS has officially announced the cancellation. While tonight’s performance will not go as planned, Gilmer ARTS has pledged to honor those with tickets.
The show is being rescheduled to next Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Those holding tickets may use them at that time. Gilmer ARTS will also be selling tickets openly to the rescheduled performance.
For those with questions or looking to attend the performance, contact Gilmer ARTS at 706-635-5605.
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CHERRY LOG, GA—November 30, 2015—On Thursday, December 10th, The Craddock Center invites the community to dinner and a play. It is the second greatest story ever told…that’s what some folks say about Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Clark Taylor, who performs all parts of this theatrical event, adapts the Christmas tale of love and redemption with a distinctively Appalachian flair to create A Cherry Log Christmas Carol. Over the years, Taylor has created iterations of this piece for organizations near and wide; he cites Fred Craddock as a tremendous influence in this new interpretation of the story.
Telling stories, both through books and through oral tradition, is at the core of programming for The Craddock Center. Join us for this family-friendly event and enjoy a light dinner at 5:00 p.m. before curtain at 5:30 p.m. No reservations are necessary, but seating is limited. For more information or directions, visit craddockcenter.org or call 706-632-1772.
The Craddock Center