ICFA hoping to end concert season with a bang

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Do not let the name fool you.

Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band plays a style of music that event organizers believe will appeal to anyone.

In the final show of the 23rd season of the Ironton Council for the Arts' Concert Series, the 12-piece band from Lynchburg, Tenn., will perform their old school sounds at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Ironton High School auditorium.

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Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children.

"They are fantastic," said Mark McCown, director of communications for the ICFA. "They are modeled after a turn-of-the-century hometown band.

"Their repertoire will appeal to everyone in some form or fashion. It will be a tremendous show to take a family to."

According to the band, their musical style spans from the raucous to the reverent, from music hall to battlefield and from popular to patriotic.

The band has been showing off their unique style since 1978. The collection of costumed musicians with flair recreated the Lynchburg Silver Cornet Band that was founded by the famous bourbon distiller Mr. Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel in 1892.

At that time, small-town bands were key parts of the culture in rural America.

Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band tries to recreate that down-home feeling and bring a little piece of Lynchburg to the audience.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for people in the community to hear a little different style of music," McCown said. "We had phenomenal success this season. This is truly icing on the cake to cap off the season."

For more information about tickets, call 532-2323 or visit the band's Web site at www.silvercornet.com.

Looking ahead, the council is already thinking about another season set to begin this fall. Surveys will be passed out at Friday's concert to solicit community input.

"We want to know what else they would like to see," McCown said. "We are here for their entertainment and we want to bring what the audiences want to hear."