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STEELE CREEK NEWS

Steele Creek Band to Play at Winget Park May 1

(April 24, 2005) The Steele Creek Community Band will be performing a series of concerts on Sunday afternoons in May. The first is at Winget Park (12025 Winget Road) at 3:00 on May 1. The concert will be in the area of the park near the covered picnic area. It will be about an hour long and consist of patriotic tunes and traditional marches. Bring a picnic snack and enjoy the music. The band's concerts are also open to aspiring band members. Bring your instruments and enjoy the experience of playing with our group.

The band also will participate in the Olympic High School Spring Concert on May 19 and will play on July 4 at the Matthews Town Hall.

Here is the tentative current schedule. Sunday concerts begin at 3:00 pm.

Sunday - May 1 - Wingate Park, Charlotte
Sunday - May 8 - Cherry Park, Rock Hill
Sunday - May 15 - location to be determined, Fort Mill
Thursday - May 19 - Olympic High School, Spring Concert, 7:00 pm
Sunday - May 22 - Stumptown Park, Matthews
Sunday - May 29 - Independence Park, Charlotte (corner of Hawthorn & Seventh Streets)
Monday - July 4 - Matthews Town Hall, 5:00 pm

More Band news:

The Steele Creek Community Band was organized in June 2004. It is open to all amateur musicians in the area who want to play for "fun".  Musicians of all ages, from those who have completed at least the sixth grade band programs through retirement age, are invited and welcome to join. For more information, visit the Steele Creek Community Band web site or e-mail the director Keith Paulus at k.paulus@att.net.

The original Steel Creek Community Band was formed in 1883. ("Steel" became "Steele" around 1940.) According to Mr. Robert Collins Freeman, in an article published in the Charlotte Observer in 1938, "No affair of consequence took place in Charlotte that we did not furnish music." Over the years, a total of 36 men were members of the band. "None were ever known to be in trouble or arrested for a violation of the law." The band's last public engagement was in Wadesboro in 1925.

For more information about the original Steel Creek Band, see the story on the Steele Creek Historical and Genealogical Society web site.

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