Making music for Henryville


Is it possible that upstairs in your attic, a trumpet, a flute or maybe an old violin rests unused, collecting dust? Musical instruments once masterfully played by a son or a daughter who are now grown and gone? Perhaps downstairs in the basement, carefully tucked away, is the original trombone displaced by the new shiny model that is now the favorite? Think hard, where is Susie’s old piccolo?
In homes from the east side of Carmel to the west, the dust should start flying as music lovers turned Good Samaritans begin searching high low for the long ago stored-away band instruments. With the long lost but-now-found instrument safe in hand, I beseech you to walk, no, run, to the Carmel Gazebo on June 21. Once there, you will be richly rewarded with an outdoor concert and another wonderful reason to know why you love this great community.

On June 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Minnie Doan Carmel Gazebo, the Indiana Wind Symphony will present a free concert to benefit the Henryville High School Band Program. You recall the high school in the southern part of Indiana hit by the tornado in March. The building was destroyed along with everything which makes a band program musical. The Indiana Wind Symphony is made up of area music educators including Ann and Charlie Conrad of Carmel. Ann is a longtime, well-known teacher in the performing arts dept. at Carmel High School and Charlie is the musical director for the Indiana Wind Symphony.

Ann said, “I hear time and again how participation in a high school music program can make memories and teach lessons that last a lifetime. Charlie and IWS are hoping to help Henryville students continue their love of playing in a band and give them positive memories.”

At the June 21 concert, Henryville Band Director Sharon Ledbetter will conduct one of the pieces for the concert. Imagine the support she will feel with a crowd on the green. CHS alum Jacob Hook and Carmel resident Carl Butler will be featured soloists. Not only can you bring a musical instrument, but cash donations made out to Henryville HS Bands will be accepted. If you cannot make the concert, contact Charles Conrad to make a donation at or 844-4341.

Bring your lawn chairs, picnic dinner, checks and musical instruments for a wonderful evening. You and the Indiana Wind Symphony can make beautiful music together.

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