KEYSER - The Pan Jammin' Steel Drum Band will kick off the 46th season for Highland Arts Unlimited (HAU) with a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the Church-McKee auditorium on the campus of Potomac State College.

KEYSER - The Pan Jammin’ Steel Drum Band will kick off the 46th season for Highland Arts Unlimited (HAU) with a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the Church-McKee auditorium on the campus of Potomac State College.

Residents interested in membership in Highland Arts will receive a 10 percent discount in their selected category up to and including the night of the performance on Aug. 15.
 Highland Arts is an all volunteer organization that depends on individual memberships as well as corporate and business memberships and, if approved, financial assistance from the WV Commission on the Arts.

“All citizens of the area are encouraged to join and help meet our financial obligations for the coming season,” says Charles Whitehill of the HAU board of directors

The second program of the season set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 features the music of one of the most famous bands in the modern era, The Eagles, in a program called “7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience.” This group has been playing to sold-out audiences nation-wide and HAU anticipates a large turnout for this event.

Next in the line-up is a group from Baltimore known as the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The group features six instrumentalists plus a singer and was described by the Washington Post “as a polished and lively program that covered the spectrum from march to rag to Dixieland, to Fat Waller, and blew up a hurricane with the Benny Goodman/Gene Krupa warhorse Sing Sing Sing.”

To round out the fall season and to get into the holiday mood, HAU presents the Three Sicilian Tenors and piano to perform Christmas Amore’ at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 featuring favorite Christmas melodies.

After the winter break, 2019 begins with Keyser native Bob Shank and Hickory Wind at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29. Shank plays several instruments including hammered dulcimer, banjo and guitar and heads up his renowned band, Hickory Wind, which has appeared on Mountain Stage on WV Public Radio hosted by Larry Groce.

To end the season, Highland Arts is pleased to have back by popular demand Don Stephens, pianist, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Keyser Presbyterian Church. He will perform on the Steinway piano donated to the church by Katharine Church, former organist, pianist and teacher in Keyser. Stephens plays his own arrangements of familiar secular and sacred pieces, which always thrill his audiences.

Another program in the spring, but not open to the public, will be held in Mineral County Schools and will feature champion storyteller Bil Lepp.

Highland Arts programs are funded by memberships and corporate contributions, financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and financial support from the Mineral County Board of Education with generous in-kind support from Potomac State College of WVU.

“We greatly appreciate all the support in the past 45 years and hope this support will continue in years to come,” concludes Whitehill.