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May 12, 2012

Band concert to benefit Red Cross

— The Muskogee Community Band will come together for a concert of show tunes and jazz to benefit Muskogee’s chapter of the American Red Cross.

The concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Boulevard Christian Church, also will honor Red Cross “heroes” who made large donations to the Red Cross, Muskogee Chapter Director Ryan Hardaway said.

Community Band director Jerry Huffer said the concert will feature hits from jazz great Duke Ellington and several songs from movies and Broadway shows.

Andrea Wilcoxen will sing “The Lady is a Tramp,” from the 1937 musical Babes in Arms. Kim Hine Flannary will perform “When I Fall in Love,” a hit from the early 1950s.

The concert will include the final passage of Antonin Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” which features a reed solo.

The concert also will feature several audience favorites including “Oklahoma” and “Stars and Stripes Forever,” said Lori (Coventon) Winkle, clarinetist with the Community Band.

Winkle said Huffer picks concert music that challenges, as well as entertains.

“Jerry comes up to Tulsa and listens for hours to recordings of music to select,” she said.

 The band is made up of volunteer musicians from Muskogee and surrounding communities. Many are graduates of Muskogee High School, or Muskogee’s former Central High School and Manual Training High School.

“Anyone who went to Muskogee from 1968 to 1990 are in the Community Band because of Jerry Huffer,” said Winkle, a 1977 MHS graduate. Huffer was band director during those years, she said.

Admission to the concert is free, though donations are encouraged, Hardaway said.

“If it’s $1,000, fantastic. If it’s a dollar, fantastic,” Hardaway said.

 About 300 to 500 people came to past concerts, Hardaway said.

The Muskogee chapter spent $112,000 and helped 536 individuals in fiscal year 2011, he said. The chapter has spent $57,000 and helped 342 people since early July, he said.

“Most people think of the Red Cross doing blood drives, but that’s just part of it,” Hardaway said, adding that the Muskogee chapter also helps people during natural disasters and house fires.

If you go

WHAT: Heroes Concert for Red Cross.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday. Doors open at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Boulevard Christian Church, 1700 W. Shawnee Bypass.

BENEFITS: Muskogee Chapter, American Red Cross.

ADMISSION: Free. Donations are encouraged.

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