Jan. 3, 2013: Our readers write

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Tina Gray

Heartland Winds’ journey continues

The idea of having a community band in Hardin County was realized when Chuck Campbell made an “all-call” in 2007 for those people wanting to come together and play music for the enjoyment of themselves and the citizens of Hardin County. Individuals from Hardin, LaRue, Meade and other surrounding counties answered the call and we officially started Heartland Winds Community Band. Our first concert was at the Freeman Lake Park bandstand on June 14, 2007. With a “band hat” placed on a table that day in the park, we started receiving donations that would allow us to start on a fantastic journey.

We found a permanent home at the Historic State Theater in downtown Elizabethtown in 2008 and Ron Stopher was retained to record our concerts. This central location has allowed Heartland Winds to pull talent from surrounding cities and counties, and also given the public easier access to attend our concerts.

One of our first significant achievements was in February 2009 when the Heartland Winds performed at the annual conference of the Kentucky Music Educators Association in Louisville with Chuck Campbell as conductor. Many eyes were opened that day when our group performed. The immense talent of our conglomeration of musicians shined.

With the passing of Campbell, the baton was handed to Brian Froedge in 2011 and he graciously accepted the task and challenges that lay ahead. Since that time, the Heartland Winds has been able to give joint performances with groups such as Harps of the Heartland, the Copland Concert in”Our Town” at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School and most recently on Dec. 16 with soloist Clay Smith.

The goal of Heartland Winds always has been to enhance the music minds of those who attend our concerts. None of this would have been possible if we did not have the dedication of musicians — who take time out from their jobs and families to attend rehearsals — the public and our main corporate sponsor – Bob Swope. Without his money, the Heartland Winds would not have been able to advertise our concerts thus allowing the general public to attend. The Heartland Winds is indebted to you, sir.

As 2013 approaches, the Heartland Winds continues to look ahead on our fantastic journey and what paths we might take. Again, our grateful thanks to the public for your support — not just monetary, but in attending all of our concerts. Without you, we would not be able to exist.

Tina Gray
Heartland Winds Community Band