Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 4, 1976 · Page 69
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July 4, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 69

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Cory Band: coal miners champion musicians By Martha Smith A most unusual cultural event is coming our way Wednesday and I, for one, wouldn't dream of missing it. I refer to the concert appearance by the Cory Band, an assemblage of Welsh coal miners who regularly toss down their picks and shovels in favor of picking up trombones, tniipets, tubas and the like. The concert will begin at 8 p:m. in Municipal Auditorium. All seats cost $3 on a general admission basis. Now that we've dispensed with the details^ let's focus on the burning questions...Welsh coal miners? Musicians? Here? The answer is yes. A well-dressed young man from the United Mine Workers of America central headquarters in Washington, D. C. arrived at my desk several days ago to discuss the Cory Band. He was in a hurry, but I think I caught the gist of his pitch. TTood Queen Elizabeth, it seems, is dispatching all manner of cultural-type groups to the U. S. as a goodwill gesture for the American Bicentennial. Among the ballet companies, singers and what-have- you, only two of the attractions are from the blue collar class. Both are . coal miner bands. One is the Gri- methorpe Band from Yorkshire and the other is the Cory Band from Wales. ·The Acme Burgiar Alarm Company wants me to write a testimonial letter." In one ear.. The two bands each will play a dozen engagements in the U.S., including a concert in New York's Carnegie Hall. A major concern, however, was that the miners get the opportunity to play in America's coalfields. To make a long story short, the Cory Band's Appalachian concert will be here, this Wednesday. The event is sponsored by UMWA District 17. Now, what about the Cory Band? Well, its membership is composed e n t i r e l y " of working miners. They've been given a month off from the pits, with pay, I'm told, in order to make the U. S. trip. The miners' brass band business appears to be quite competitive in ' Great Britain. The Cory Band was formed in 1884 with the high point of its distinguished career in 1974 when it won the Challenge Trophy and the title, "Champion Band of Great Britain." Long acknowledged as the premier Welsh band, the Cory has represented Wales on numerous occasions in British national contests. · Although the band placed in the top * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ^ WE WILL BE O P E N TODAY! FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE ' {LARGE OR SMALL PARTIES* **************************** fortwty fried #i«fc All CHARLESTON LOCATIONS, MONTGOMERY, LOGAN, PT. PLEASANT! AND OAK HILL STORES. finishings through 1948, it wasn't until 1970 that the Cory won its first national title. The 1974 selection as "Champion Band of Great Britain" marked .he first time the coveted prized slipped across the English border to Wales. With the Grimethorpe, the Cory Band today is regarded among the best brass ensembles of Western Europe. Its repertoire is predominantly classical, a fact that may astound some and amuse others. I'm not inclined to take the miners lightly. Anyone who can inhale coal dust all day, then pick up a euphonium and find the breath to make it produce prize-winning music has my unrestrained admiration. Wednesday's concert promises to be a rarity in the cultural exchange program. It is totally appropriate and very generous of UMWA District 17 to undertake sponsorship of this fine event. I trust the traditionally white-collar concert audiences in Charleston will be able to find something in a nice shade of summer blue to wear. FOOTLIGHT FOOTNOTES:In a Saturday Review article titled "On the Citrohella Circuit," Henry Hewes lists recommended spots for viewing summer repertory theater. Two of those are among my favorites, the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., and Cliffside Amphitheater in Beckley, W. Va., where Hatfieldi and McCoyf-anA Honey in the Rock are presented through August... Joan Baker-Young is busy directing a dramatics program at Camp Bronco Junction, the summer recreation project for asthmatic children...Oh the sick list is popular radio personality Jay Jarrell, who recently underwent throat surgery...The Charleston Light Opera Guild's annual meeting has been delayed until mid-July... HOLLYWOOD CINEMA 1008 Quorrier St. Ph. 346-0041 Exclusive Showing HELD OVER XXX RATED 18 and over CHINESE^AMERICANFOODS^ fHfe Will Be Closed All Day Sunday July 4th! RE-OPEN MONDAY, JULY 5th | LAt 5 P.M. 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