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Band Of Oz Bringing 'Beach Music' Back To County


October 7, 2019

The Band of Oz started in 1967 part-time, playing fraternity parties and high school proms. Today, it features a full horn section and plays more than 200 shows a year. Its name mimics the Wizard of Oz's hometown. (Courtesy photo)

If you still groove to the '60s and '70s sounds from the likes of The Four Tops, the Drifters or the Tams, there's a treat coming to the hills just west of Brevard this month.

For the second year, the Brevard Philharmonic, known for classical music, not danceable beach sounds, is sponsoring a benefit concert by the Band of Oz, a widely acclaimed group from Raleigh that tours throughout the south.

It's called 'Beachin' It with the Band of Oz" and it's set for Sunday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m. on the lawns of the GlenLaurel Preserve in the county's Cherryfield section outside Brevard.

Admission to the outdoor event is $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door.

Tickets are cash only on the day of the event.

To purchase tickets, get directions, or for more information, visit the Philharmonic's website at, or you may call the orchestra's box office at 884-4221.

It's a rain or shine event. Last year, at the first "Beachin' It" concert, there was more rain than shine, but the crowd was still enthusiastic, with many jumping up to dance.

"We had a blast then and it poured down rain," said Dusty Campbell, the Philharmonic's admin-istrator. She is optimistic about the weather this time.

"I can only imagine what a party this is going to be with blue skies!" she said.

The Band of Oz was formed in 1967 as a part-time group playing fraternity parties and high school proms all over the South. In 1977 they went on the road full time. Since that time they have made a name for themselves throughout the Southeast by playing the top clubs and corporate parties, and getting favorable reviews along the way

The eight men play such classic beach tunes as "Ocean Boulevard," "What Kind of Fool (do you think I am?)," and "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch – I can't Help Myself."

Aside from three hours of music, Beachin' it with the Band of Oz will offer barbecue, beer, wine, and soft drinks, starting at 1 p.m.

"That'll leave plenty of time to get your chairs set up and grab a bite to eat before Band of Oz begins at 2," said Campbell. "Bring your lawn chair or blanket!"

GlenLaurel Preserve is a 220-acre residential community six minutes from downtown Brevard. The GPS address of the Preserve's clubhouse, where the band will perform outdoors, is 263 Cherryfield Creek Road. That road is just off Cherryfield Loop Road, which begins at Highway 64 five miles south of Brevard's Sunset Motel at the end of Broad Street.

"This fundraiser is my absolute favorite," said Campbell. "Where else can you dance to every song you know by heart, eat fantastic food, drink great beer and raise money and awareness for a group that does so much all year for our kids in Transylvania County all at the same time?"

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help support the Philharmonic's Music in the Schools program in Transylvania County.

The Philharmonic is a professional orchestra of 70 musicians from Brevard and surrounding towns. It performs an annual five-concert season in Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center for the Performing Arts at Brevard College. The orchestra maintains an office at 521 N. Broad St. in Brevard.


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