The Pawleys Island Concert Band is an all-volunteer, adult community band serving the Waccamaw neck and Georgetown (South Carolina, USA). We perform several free concerts each year and provide an array of traditional concert band music from big band, marches, jazz, and show tunes to light classical selections. Members are area residents of all ages who desire to contribute their skills and dedication to our community to promote musicianship, present high-quality enjoyable music, and to encourage young people to enjoy the lifelong excitement of the musical arts.
Our musicians are area residents of all ages and walks of life. We strongly encourage local woodwind, brass or percussion musicians of at least high school level experience (no matter how long ago that was) to share our enjoyment and contribute to the community. Members come from not only Pawleys Island and Litchfield but also Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, Georgetown, Conway, and all areas of Horry and Georgetown Counties. Like many community bands, there is a wide range of age and experience among the membership ranging from 16 to 86; some who hadn't played in 40 years along with several professionals, active amateur musicians, and retired band directors.
Anyone interested in joining the band is welcome, even if you haven't played in many years. We do not audition and there are no membership fees. The band owns some instruments available for loan. While most of the band members are year-round residents of the area, some are seasonal residents who come for only summer or winter. Everyone is welcome and appreciated.
The Pawleys Island Concert Band was formed in July, 2004 following a short meeting of thirteen interested musicians at the invitation of band founders Bob and Bonnie Hawk. Waccamaw Schools Director of Bands, Chris Graham, subsequently volunteered to conduct and graciously offered the rehearsal space of the high school band room that was gladly accepted. Our first performance was at the same concert in December 2004 as the high school band's winter concert that cleverly assured us of at least an audience of parents and friends of the school musicians. We had twenty-four musicians on stage for that first performance and an audience of maybe 150.
In recent years the band has increased its performance schedule to include not only a Spring pops concert and Holiday seasonal concert but also an annual Fourth of July celebration, regular visits to area senior's communities, and musical support of community events such as Memorial Day in Murrels Inlet and the Friends of Atalaya Christmas Celebration at Huntington Beach State Park.
Rehearsals are each Tuesday at 7:00 PM at Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church, 4499 US-17, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, 29576, USA
Members of other community bands who are visiting the Grand Strand on vacation or business are always welcome to sit-in our rehearsals. Email or call and let us know you'd like to come and we'll make sure to save you a seat.
CONCERTS and PERFORMANCES:
We list details about our performances on the band Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PawleysIslandConcertBand and in the local newspapers.
In addition to a formal Spring Pops and Winter Holiday concert each year, The Pawleys Island Concert band provides musical support to area wide civic and patriotic ceremonies events.
To find about scheduling the band or a small ensemble for your event please contact us.
Pawleys Island Concert Band
P.O. Box 459
Pawleys Island, South Carolina, 29585
Peggy Welch, band secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Carson Turner, conductor - Turner.Geneticist@gmail.com
Betty Turner, librarian - BettyTurner@gmail.com
Carson Turner, conductor - (843) 274-5991
The band operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is funded in large part by the generous contributions of members of the community. In addition to financial contributions, the band welcomes donations of unused band instruments in need of a good home.
The Pawleys Island Concert Band is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts
Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
We are grateful to Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church for generously
providing the band with practice space and to Webmastering Services
for hosting this webpage.