Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 31, 2013

Beaver Band plays final note of concert series

By KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — The Bluefield High School Beaver Band rocked downtown Bluefield Friday, bringing the 25th season of the Chicory Square Concert series to a close.

 Local residents gathered at Chicory Square to hear the band members perform music from their pep rally and football repertoire as well as songs from artists including Journey, Green Day, Aerosmith and The Eagles. The free weekly summer concert series is sponsored by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

Teresa Eckman of Bluefield came to the concert series to see her son Bevan perform with the band.

“He plays clarinet with the band, so I came to see him,” she said. “They are really good for a band of their size. I think this helps him be part of the community and brings people together. Community spirit is always a good thing. This also helps the kids gear up for the big game.”

Mitzi Bowling of Bradenton, Fla., came to the area for the Beaver-Graham game but stopped by Chicory Square to watch her nephew perform with the band.

“He is a drummer,” she said. “I wanted to support him and the whole band. I came in for the game and I am a 1972 graduate of Beaver. I am in town for the game and tailgating. Once a Beaver, always a Beaver.”

Donald Broyles of Bluefield also came to support the band members.

“I just wanted to support my friends in the band,” he said. “You don’t see kids showing off what they’ve learned much any more. It is important for the community to support these kids and their talents.”

Fawn Musick of Bluefield came to see her daughter perform.

“My daughter plays the clarinet and her boyfriend is a drummer,” Musick said. “I wanted to support them and the band. We have a great little band and they do a lot on very little. It’s important for these kids to see people supporting them.”

During the show, Daily Telegraph Editor Samantha Perry also thanked the many sponsors and individuals who make the concert series possible each year.

“We have so many people to thank for helping this concert be a reality,” she said. “I just want to thank the city street crews and Art Riley and his guys who do the setup every year. I also want to thank Lynn and Carl Burnette who do so much every year to make this concert happen. Without them, we could not have this concert series.”

— Contact Kate Coil at kcoil@bdtonline.comÈ