Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 23, 2014

Bluefield Middle School concert band ready to kick off 2014 Chicory Square Concert Series


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

 — The Bluefield Middle School concert band will kick off the opening of the 2014 downtown Chicory Square Concert Series for another summer full of musical entertainment.

Today’s performance marks the start of the 26th season of the downtown Chicory Square Concert Series. Sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, the free concert series gets underway at noon each Friday at Chicory Square. The season-opening performance is part of the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival.

The Bluefield Middle School band was supposed to kick off the summer concert series last year, but due to cold and rainy weather the concert was canceled.

The concert band is made up of 55 seventh and eighth graders who have received straight superior ratings at state competitions for seven consecutive years, band director Dr. Mary Woodbury said.

“This will be our first year playing at the event and we are really looking forward to performing for Bluefield residents and also the opening day of the Chicory Square Concert Series,” Woodbury said.

Daily Telegraph Editor Samantha Perry said organizers of the summer concert series are hoping for a big crowd each week.

“We are excited to be kicking off our 26th annual concert series,” Perry said. “We feel this is a great event for the city and the entire community. We appreciate our volunteers, including Art Riley and Lynn and Carl Burnette, who put in so many hours to make these weekly concerts successful.”

Perry also thanked the many performers who generously give their time and those who attend the concerts each week.

“We are hopeful to have good attendance at this series as we have in past years,” Perry said.

“The Telegraph invites everyone to come out and enjoy the music at noon to help kick off another season of great music,” Daily Telegraph Publisher Randy Mooney said.

The weekly concerts are held at noon each Friday throughout the summer. In the event of inclement weather, changes in the concert schedule will be announced on the Daily Telegraph’s website,

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