Havelock Community Band looks to grow under new director


Mitchell Martin, right, directs the Havelock Community Band at a recent practice. The band gathers at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the Havelock Senior Center and is always looking for musicians.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 07:11 PM.

Things are sounding good for the Havelock Community Band.

“One of the first things I want to do is create an identity for the band,” said Mitchell Martin, the new director for the group.

Martin, who led the 2nd Marine Aircraft Band at Cherry Point for nearly five years, has developed a new slogan for the band — “Community, Pride, Performance.”

“We’re looking at getting the whole community involved,” Martin said.

He is hoping to draw musicians in high school, middle school, the community college and the Marine Corps.

“I’m excited about cultivating this group and I’m excited about the challenge,” said Martin.

“I’m very enthusiastic about it,” said Lee. K. Allen, a trombonist and the only remaining charter member of the group, which started in 1986. “He’s a very talented, capable musician. I think he’s going to help us make a good showing for Havelock.”

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