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Joan McFather, volunteer and patron of the Falany Performing Arts Center, named "First Citizen"

Joan McFather was honored at the 39th annual First Citizen of Cherokee County at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet on January 23, 2014. The First Citizen Award recognizes outstanding community service. McArthur taught language arts at Cherokee High School for 30 years. She was well loved by her students. Post 1 County Commissioner Harry Johnson, a former student of McArthur, said "She was a great teacher - she was the best." McArthur won the STAR teacher award seven times before her retirment. McArthur has been on many boards throughout Cherokee County. Here at Reinhardt University, McArthur is active at the Falany Performing Arts Center, as well as the Funk Heritage Museum. McArthur serves on the Advisor Commitee for the Falany Center. She has been a longtime patron, and she volunteers to help the Falany Center staff as needed. Congratulations to Joan McArthur on this great accomplishment. 

Source: The Cherokee Ledger

Reinhardt University’s Symphonic Winds to Perform at the American Bandmasters Association Convention on Thursday, March 7, 2014

On Thursday, March 7, 2014, Reinhardt University’s Symphonic Winds will perform at the 80th Annual American Bandmasters Association Convention in Montgomery, Alabama. The Reinhardt University Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Dr. David Gregory, has been honored with the invitation as one of four university bands selected from American universities to perform at the ABA Convention. The other selected bands are Troy University (the host institution), The University of Alabama, and The University of South Carolina. The United States Air Force Band will also be performing at the convention. The American Bandmasters Association is an elite organization that was founded 1929 with the legendary John Philip Sousa as Honorary Life President. The ABA strives to recognize outstanding achievement on the part of concert band conductors and composers. Currently, there are 300 members (by invitation only) of band conductors and composers. There are 80 Associate Members comprised of music businesses and corporations that provide significant services to bands and to the publication of band music. ABA members and guests, for whom the concerts are presented, are considered to be the most knowledgeable in the world of band music. This opportunity for the Symphonic Winds to play at the ABA Convention is a monumental and historic event for Reinhardt University. The phenomenal growth, both in numbers and in musical ability, of the Reinhardt University Symphonic Winds has captured the attention of the best conductors and composers in the band world. Congratulations to the Reinhardt University Symphonic Winds for your success!

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