Dogwood Festival features Coshocton Jazz Band and Choir

| May 10, 2019

COSHOCTON – The 34th annual Dogwood Festival came to an end with a performance on the court square lawn by the Coshocton High School Jazz Band and the Coshocton High School Choir. The jazz band is under the direction of Barry Hardesty and the choir is under the direction of Shannon Folkert. The food was provided by English Ivy.

“It’s a celebration of spring and youth arts and performing arts specifically,” said Beth Dillehay, facility and events manager at the Pomerene Center for the Arts. “The tradition has been a celebration about youth arts.”

Dillehay said that Monday and Tuesday of Dogwood Festival, the lunches at the court square was filled to capacity and it was standing room only. On Thursday, elementary students made up most of the audience as Eric Paton, world drumming, performed on the lawn.

“This is our official kick-off to spring,” said Bambi Zinkon, president of the Pomerene Center for the Arts board. “This legacy we have here in Coshocton County is worth moving forward to the new generation and we have some talented young musicians here today.”

The Coshocton High School Jazz Band performed “Route 66”, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, “Whisper Not”, and “Soul Sister”. The choir then invited all Coshocton High School alumni to stand and join them in singing the school’s alma mater.

“I was telling the choir before we came that I remember coming here with my mom and sitting on the lawn and eating a happy meal,” said Folkert. “Then as I got older, I came here and performed and now, I get to bring my group here. Thank you to the Pomerene Center for continuing this tradition.”

The choir performed songs including, “No Man Is An Island”, “Free At Last”, “Sing”, and many others. Their theme this year was, “Home”.

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