Musicians Benefit School Bands With Hector Fest

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Nine popular bands played for the first annual Hector Fest at Cecil Riley Memorial Park in Hector on Saturday, August 6th, 2016. Jason Waterson shared his idea to hold the festival at the City Council meeting last month.  Waterson oversaw the music for the city’s annual Dogg Daze festival this year.

“Anytime I can help this community, I try to do it,” said Waterson. “One of the biggest contributions I can do is music because I’m a musician.”

Waterson, Ricky Hendrix, Jeff Riley, and Cody Martin coördinated professional sound for all the bands performing on the two stages at Hector Fest. Back Porch is a movable stage provided by B.J. Foster. The atmosphere was joyful as temperatures cooled throughout the evening.

Crowd enjoys the shade while listening to bands play at Cecil Riley Memorial Park. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016
A group enjoys the shade while listening to bands play at Cecil Riley Memorial Park. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016

The free concert drew an estimated 300 people who visited with each other and enjoyed the music from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. Mr. Shaver, the school band director, and Celeste Helton, the vice president of Band Boosters ran the concession stand with the help of four band students. Monica Davis, Phillip Duvall, Elizabeth Duvall, and James Freeman were the students who served food and soft drinks to the crowd.

Hector Band student at Hector Fest helping run the food booth. Photo By Lacey Keenan © 2016
Hector Band student at Hector Fest helping run the food booth. Photo By Lacey Keenan © 2016

During the last hour, the bands made a heartfelt contribution by giving their part of the proceeds, which equaled $400 to Mr. Shaver for the school’s band program. Sponsors for the event included Taylor Oil Company, West Main Gallery, Homeland Realty, B&B Radio, Back Porch, and Red Brick Studio.

Robb McCormick made his CDs available for any gift to the Hector Band program.

“These kids deserve the help, and music changes the world,” said McCormick.

The Bands

The Little Buffalo River Band was first up. Zach Jenks on lead guitar, Cody Kurtzo on the banjo, and Melissa Jenks on percussion.

The Little Buffalo River Band playing for the first annual Hectorfest at Cecil Riley Memorial Park. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016
The Little Buffalo River Band was playing for the first annual Hector Fest at Cecil Riley Memorial Park. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016

Ricky Hendrix of the Ballroom Bangers gave a riveting performance.

Ricky Hendrix on stage at Hectorfest. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016
Ricky Hendrix on stage at Hector Fest. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016

The Brodie Lovelace Band from Paris, Arkansas with Harrison Ramsey on lead guitar, Brodie Lovelace lead vocalist, James Dement playing keyboard, Gus Fields on drums, and Jonathan Friddle on bass.

Brodie Lovelace Band playing center stage at Hector Fest. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016
Brodie Lovelace Band was performing  center stage at Hector Fest. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016

The crowd cheered on performances by Southern Wind with lead singer and guitarist Dustin Williams, Christopher McNeal playing backup guitar, Jeff McGhee on Bass, and Randy Beaver on Drums. The band’s members traveled from Searcy and Perry County.

Southern Wind takes the second stage at Hector Fest 2016. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.
Southern Wind takes the second stage at Hector Fest 2016. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

Common Ground Gospel made the trip from Little Rock to play at Hector Fest. Matt Standridge, Brian Martin, Zane Snider, Nick Price, Michael Tennison, and Deanna Simmons.

Common Ground Gospel playing Hector Fest at Cecil Riley Memorial Park. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016
Common Ground Gospel was playing Hector Fest at Cecil Riley Memorial Park. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016

Cabover Pete quickened the pace with southern rock music. Marty Pitts playing lead guitar, Rod Koope as lead singer, Chad Koope playing drums, and P.R. Rye on bass guitar.

“We showed up just to support the kids in the Hector band,” said Rod Koope. “We will always play anytime we get a chance to do what we love and help these kids.”

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Cabover Pete was playing at the first annual Hector Fest. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2016

TypsyGypsy made their first public appearance at Dogg Daze earlier this year. The group  received an overwhelming response while performing at Hector Fest. Marilyn Spencer is the band’s vocalist, Jim Stengal on lead guitar, Doug Hamilton as bass guitarist, and Lane Stewart plays drums.

TypsyGypsy plays main stage at the first annual Hector Fest. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2016
TypsyGypsy plays the main stage at the first annual Hector Fest. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2016

Some Guy Named Robb played into the night as the crowd cheered him on.

Robb McCormick playing at Cecil Riley Memorial Park for the first annual Hector Fest. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2016
Robb McCormick playing at Cecil Riley Memorial Park for the first annual Hector Fest. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2016

Down South closed out the evening’s entertainment with Cody Martin as lead vocalist, Damen Shores on bass guitar, Jason Waterson playing lead guitar, and Jeff Riley on drums.

Down South plays the last set of the night at the first annual Hector Fest. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2016
Down South plays the last set of the night at the first annual Hector Fest. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2016

Anyone who wants to make a gift to the Hector Band can contact Bruce Shaver, the band director at High School Band Room (479) 284-5810 or High School office (479) 284-3536. Email: bruce.shaver@hector.k12.ar.us.

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