Letter: Generosity and great music: the Band Coffee House

Dan Lewis (left), Bob Chappell and Berni Olson of the Turkey Ridge String Band perform at the April 21 Band Coffee House.
E. Raymond Boc
Dan Lewis (left), Bob Chappell and Berni Olson of the Turkey Ridge String Band perform at the April 21 Band Coffee House.

Thanks once again to the generous folks of Rappahannock who, on April 21 at Rappahannock County Elementary School, came through with flying colors to support music in our schools! Are we surprised? Certainly not. It happens time and time again. As always the audience, entertained by some of Rappahannock’s best, continued throughout the evening to be generous in spirit as well as giving!

Our performers were amazing throughout the whole wonderful evening, ending with the Jazz Band directed by assistant band director Rachel Siegfried. Students Kelsa Settle (reminiscent of the 1940s), Henry Mason and Zach Huff offered wonderful vocal performances.

We are incredibly grateful to all of our performers who, as always, waited patiently for their turn to perform: Matt Berta, Donald Chandler, Bob Chappell, Greg Clark, Alan Cohen, Anders Drew, Lorraine Duisit, Catherine Farley, Roger Flinchum, Robert Glasker, Hal Hunter, Brenda Jeffries, Dan Lewis,  Ben Mason, Larry and Shirley McKelvey, Paul Norris, Berni Olson, Linda Orfila, Johnny Pierce, Smiggy Smith, Charlie Tompkins, Andy Thompson, Will Thompson and Monica Worth.

The stage crew of band students, led by parent Bruce Nelson and former band member Steven Nelson, along with emcees Emily Pearcy and Gus Norris, kept the entertainment flowing all night.

Businesses and individuals donated a variety of items to help make the night a success: B&B Service Center (Tom Bourne); the Clement family; Cooter’s Place (Alma Viator); the Corner Store (Andy and Dana Thompson); Country Cafe (David Huff); County Administrator John McCarthy; Rappahannock Farmers Coop (Michael Cannon); Geneva Welch Gallery; Hair Gallery (Kim Nelson); the Harris family; Horse Country, Warrenton; Kathryn Walker Massage Therapy; Krista Hale; Sally Havstad; the Norris family; Rappahannock Cellars; Real Estate III (Jan Makela); RCES staff and administrators; R.H. Ballard (Robert and Joanie Ballard); the Schlosser family; the Shanks family; Stonewall Abbey Yoga and Wellness (Susan Huff Meyer); Theresa Caporuscio; the Winkworth family and Evelyn Oyster.

Our student wait staff, with very little training, worked hard to please our diners with very few mishaps and many accolades! Our numerous parent volunteers (led by Band Booster president Jacqui Harris) decorated, provided desserts and other food items (as well as door prizes), worked in the kitchen, and cleaned up well into the night! The committee for the past five years has included volunteers whose band kids have long since graduated . . . Krista Hale, Kim Nelson and Sally Havstad, who continues to amaze us all. Thanks to every one of you!

As you may know, it is incredibly expensive to run a successful band program, and ours is outstanding, thanks to the phenomenal leadership of band director David DeBoer! If you would like to support music in our schools with a monetary donation, please send it to Rappahannock County Band Boosters, c/o RCHS, 12576 Lee Hwy.,Washington, VA 22747. Thanks for your continued support, and please plan to attend the eighth annual Coffee House next year!

Theresa Caporuscio
and Jan Makela
Event co-chairs

Jacqui Harris
Band Booster president

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