SONY DSCAmy Jo Kinyon
The County Journal

For eight decades, the Charlotte Public Schools band program has entertained the community at its annual Band Bounce. This year is sure to be no different.
A host of variety acts are deep in rehearsals, getting ready for next weekend’s event and each of the school bands is honing their musical selections for the performance.
This year’s theme – The Roaring 20s pays homage, not only to the incredible music of the era, but also the to very foundation of the band program itself. The band began in the 1920s when a group of students — dubbed the Symphony Six — organized a small orchestra. That initial small orchestra has transformed into a tradition of excellence that has become a vital part of the school district.
Current Band Director Jerry Rose is quick to cite the support of the community and school district in helping the band program and the tradition of band bounce become a success.
“The longevity is due to the support of the school and community, particularly the businesses and individual sponsors,” Rose said. “The event really brings the community together.”
A special presentation during Saturday’s performance will highlight many of the long-time sponsors of the event.
Thursday’s Band Bounce will feature both middle school bands. Friday will find the high school symphony band on stage. The high school concert band will perform Saturday night.
The concert portion will be followed by a student driven variety show each evening.
“The variety show can be a bit quirky. It’s made up of band students, but they are not necessarily performing on their band instruments,” explained Rose. “It’s really a lot of fun. I enjoy it as a teacher and I know they (the students) enjoy it.”
Rose is certain that anyone who supports the band program by purchasing a ticket will be entertained.
“The concerts will have wonderful music that will appeal to all sorts of tastes,” said Rose.
Tickets for the event are available through the Charlotte Performing Arts Center website or by calling the box office at (517) 541-5690.