2015 DCS Band and Choir Concert

2015 DCS Band and Choir Concert Flyer

Small Town Throw-Down for Dan to be held Saturday

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Drive by the Demopolis City Landing Saturday night and you’ll likely notice a party going on at the George Franks Ball Field.

The event, coined ‘Small Town Throw-Down for Dan,’ is for a great cause, and there is a standing invitation for anyone who wants to attend according to one of the event’s organizers, Gabby Lewis.

Dan Harper, the Dan for whom the event is named, was diagnosed with cancer on June 18, just a few days after arriving back home from the new couple’s honeymoon. Harper’s wife, the former Timie Lee of Demopolis, spoke to The Watchman on Friday.

“We are just so overwhelmed at the amount of support the Demopolis community has provided our families during such a trying time,” said Timie Harper. “It’s so comforting to know that we have the support of so many.”

The event is a culmination of two standalone events that were being planned simultaneously, explained Lewis.

“I wanted to put together something like a day at the park with Dan, and as it turned out, there was another group wanting to put together a concert, so we thought it’d be perfect to just combine the two,” said Lewis.

The small town throw-down is planned to kickoff at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The night will be filled with music, games, inflatables, face painting, silent auctions, and raffles, according to Lewis.

Musical acts scheduled to perform include Demopolis natives Mel Knapp and Charlie Wilson, Hunnicutt Willis, Joel Clayton, and the Rydin’ Durty Band will round out the night. Music will start at 5:30 p.m.

Among other events at the throw-down, one sure to be a hit involves water balloons and city officials.

“We’ll have the mayor, police chief, the [district attorney], assistant [district attorney],” said Lewis. “We’re calling that ‘Soaked for Dan.’”

If the music and games are not enough to entice you out, there will also be a raffle and a silent auction. Everything at the event, including hotdogs, chips, drinks, and raffle tickets, will cost only $1. Alcohol will not be served, but everyone is welcomed to bring a cooler.

Some of the items up for auction at the silent auction will include a two-night stay at Mimosa Ridge in Sumter County, a golf cart donated by Plaza Golf Carts, a television donated by Collins Communications, and a duck hunt and fishing excursion at Soggy Bottom Lodge, including one night’s stay and all meals.

“Our community has really stepped up and really just risen to the occasion for this event,” said Lewis. “Demopolis may be a small town, but it has such a big heart.”

Early bird admission will be $5 from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., admission will be $10 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Harper family.

For more information, visit the Facebook page set up for Dan here.

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Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones performs at Slossfest in Birmingham on Sunday, July 19.

Demopolis Singers spring concert rehearsals begin Feb. 3

The Demopolis Singers will hold rehearsals for its spring concert beginning Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Old School.

Rehearsals will then be held every Tuesday night.

All interested singers are invited to join the Demopolis Singers.

TRAC hosting ASFA concert Nov. 6

Join the Two Rivers Arts Council on Thursday, Nov. 6 as they present a concert by the Alabama School of Fine Arts at 6:30 p.m. at the Demopolis High School Auditorium.

Students from the Alabama School of Fine Arts are musically shaking things up with a pops concert which will feature music by The Beatles, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, music from the Motown era, as well as classical music. The performance will showcase the versatility of the orchestra and jazz ensemble. This concert is guaranteed to be a unique and inspiring experience for all ages.

A public school with the entire state as its district, Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) admits students through application and audition, providing tuition-free instruction in six specialty areas: creative writing, dance, math & science, music, theatre, visual arts, plus a full college preparatory curriculum. Located in the heart of Birmingham’s downtown Cultural District, ASFA provides a dormitory for students living beyond commuting distance to cam-pus.

Tickets are $10 for adults and can be purchased at the door. There is no charge for students and members of the Two Rivers Arts Council. For more information contact Morgan at 334-289-1595.

Davis Piano Quartet performing at DHS Sunday

The Davis Piano Quartet will be in concert on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Demopolis High School Auditorium.

Tickets will be General Admission Only with reserved seating for TRAC (Two Rivers Arts Council) members. Adult Tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5. There will be an artist’s reception immediately following the concert.

Four pianists having an extravagant amount of fun at two pianos, the Davis Piano Quartet is a fresh new group performing a mix of original works and transcriptions for this unusual ensemble. The Davis Piano Quartet presents concert programs of the best of the eight hand repertoire, much of it searched out from music libraries and other sources all over the world. The visual aspect of four pianists playing over and under each other at two keyboards is in itself entertaining and educational.

The Davis Piano Quartet members credit much of their success as an ensemble to the fact that they share a common musical education background; all are products of the University of Montevallo’s highly-regarded music department. The Quartet is named for the late Dr. Maxine Couch Davis, Professor Emerita of Music at Montevallo.  While at Montevallo they all studied with the acclaimed duo-piano team of Yarbrough and Cowan, and had the unusual advantage of in-depth exposure to and study of the specialized art of piano ensemble playing.

The group has also worked with the distinguished teacher, pianist and author, Lucien Stark.

The group consists of Beulah Askins Fowler, Cheryl Kiker Walls, Carolyn Duncan and Sandra Boykin Nelson. The group performed to sellout crowds at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and 2011. Audiences are guaranteed a performance unlike any heard before.

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Drew Cargile works the drums during a performance by

Heart Attack of Demopolis at Freedom on the River 2013 festivities.

Demopolis High School Band Concert This Sunday

Sunday, March 17 at 3 pm

DHS Auditorium – Admission is free

During the concert, we will auction off homemade & restaurant lunches for you to take home for dinner.

All money raised will benefit the DHS Band.
Please bring cash or check and an appetite!