Florence District 1 Schools Perform

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Florence School District One Students to Share Music with Magnolia Mall Shoppers.

Performances are February 28, March 1, and March 2, 2019.

For more information contact Florence One Performing Arts Coordinator


 February 28: Thursday events 

5:00 Timrod Elementary Chorus 

5:15 Carver Elementary Chorus 

5:30 South Florence Choraliers 

5:45 Wallace-Gregg Chorus & Dancers 

6:00 Delmae Treble Dawgs 

6:15 Lester Elementary Chorus 

6:30 McLaurin Elementary Chorus 

6:45 Greenwood Elementary Chorus 

7:00 West Florence Knight Edition & Chorus 


March 1: Friday events 

5:00 Southside Middle Piano Class 

5:15 Southside Middle Orchestra 

6:00 Savannah Grove Elementary Chorus 

6:15 Southside Middle Blue Notes & Chorus 

6:45 Wilson Tiger Production 

7:15 North Vista Elementary Chorus 

7:30 Williams Middle Jazz Band 

8:00 West Florence Jazz Knights 


March 2: Saturday events 

11:00 Elementary Mass Strings 

11:30 District One Vocal Stars 

12:00 Elementary Mass Band 

12:45 Sneed Middle Beginning Band 1:00 Sneed Middle Band 

1:30 Sneed Middle Squires 

2:00 Palmetto Youth Academy 2:30 South Florence Percussion Ensemble 

A Valentines to Remember

Join the Florence Regional Arts Alliance for A Valentines to Remember, a fundraising Jazz Concert, at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center on February 16th at 8pm. This show features the Florence Area Big Band and special guest, Florence native and drummer with Doc Severinsen’s Big Band, Stockton Helbing.


Reserved VIP tickets are $45 and includes a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 at the Waters Building in downtown Florence.  Reserved tickets for the concert only are $25, and student tickets are $10.

Event tickets available at the PAC box office and fmupac.org

Stockton was first hired to tour the world by his musical hero Maynard Ferguson. During that nearly four year time period Stockton was a featured soloist, the youngest person to ever be Maynard’s music director, the only drummer to ever be Maynard’s music director, and producer of Maynard’s last studio recording, The One and Only Maynard Ferguson (2007).


Stockton has also performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Arturo Sandoval, the Maniacal 4, Erika Badu, David Braid, Steve Wiest, Jennifer Holiday, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Denis DiBlasio, The Cincinnati Pops, Chip McNeill, Darden Purcell, Clay Jenkins, Phil Woods, Wayne Bergeron, Randy Brecker, The Imperial Brass, Mary Wilson, Paul Tynan, Ernie Watts and many more.


Before Stockton toured the world, Stockton began his musical career in Florence. Stockton was part of Florence School District One Fine Arts “DOME” program and a 1998 graduate of West Florence High School.  Stockton played percussion with the Florence Symphony Orchestra, prior to the creation of Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra. Stockton performed as the original drummer with the Florence Area Big Band’s founding musicians, Allen Brown, Randy Shell, and Julian Graham.


Stockton will perform with the Florence Area Big Band favorites from the libraries of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich along with many popular standards.


The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is celebrating 35 years of helping the Arts in Florence County.  Since 1983, the FRAA has been committed to preserving, supporting, and promoting a vibrant arts community for Florence County.  The funds raised from this concert will go towards operating expenses allowing the Florence Regional Arts Alliance to provide arts grant support, scholarships, arts marketing and arts programming to Florence County.


Event tickets available at the PAC box office and fmupac.org

For more information about the Florence Regional Arts Alliance visit florenceartsalliance.org or call 843.407-3092.


Coker College Band Earth Day Concert



The Coker College Band will be performing an Earth Day centered concert on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hartsville campus.


Celebrate Earth Day with a musical program of nature, Earth, and world peace inspired songs performed by the college’s 65 member concert band.  The concert will conclude with Michael Jackson’s piece, “Heal the World” featuring members of the Mayo HS for MST Concert choir and Phoenix Phame show choir.


The Phoenix Phame show choir of Mayo High School for MST is in its seventh year of existence and has performed at several community events as well as Disney World, Carowinds, and the SC School Board’s annual conference. Phoenix Phame performs popular music of today and yesterday, promoting positivity and encouraging high self-esteem. Concert Choir is made up of Mayo’s more serious vocalists and includes students that participate in All-State Choir and State Performance Assessment where the group has consistently earned ratings of Excellent and Superior. Phoenix Phame and Concert Choir, directed by Cole Davis consist of students from all over Darlington County in grades nine through twelve.


The Coker Band, directed by Kelly Jokisch, is composed of a combination of Coker College student and community musicians.  Community members include professional area music educators, band directors, choir directors, ministers of music, Coker College faculty members along with local students from Darlington High School, Hartsville High School, McBee High School, the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and Florence District One. Concerts last 45-60 minutes without an intermission.  The event is free and open to the public.