Robbie Fudge has a lot of responsibility as a band director at Caverna schools.
He will now add director of the Glasgow Community Band to his list of duties.
“I’m honored,” said Fudge about the appointment. “I think the Glasgow Community Band and the Barrens Big Band are just gems. There’s several community bands throughout the commonwealth, but not a lot. Glasgow is very fortunate to have one and I’m just honored to have been named the director.”
Fudge replaces Bill Brogan who decided in December to step down as director of the community band.
“I am certainly thankful that Robbie Fudge has agreed to be the director. He is a fine musician, with a great personality, and I know, with his leadership, the community band will continue with much pride and accomplishment,” Brogan said.
Brogan, a former high school band director, joined the community band in January 2003, after his wife, Betty, gave him a clarinet for Christmas after not having played for 30 years. He and Charles Honeycutt became co-directors and together formed the Barrens Big Band, which plays the “big band” sound from the Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington eras.
“Charlie Honeycutt welcomed me with open arms and proud that I could be a co-conductor with the band. In 2004, Charlie became ill, and I took over as director, for the Christmas concert, which was held in the auditorium at Barren County High School,” he said.
“I cannot begin to thank all the dedicated members of the band for the tremendous support the past 10 years. Our crowds have increased for both the Concert on the Square and the annual Christmas concert at the Plaza, to which we thank everyone in the community for their support. It has been a most enjoyable experience.”
Fudge was already a member of the community band, playing trombone whenever his schedule allowed under Brogan’s direction.
When Brogan stepped down, the band’s board of directors wondered if it would be able to continue.
“The success of the band for the past 15 years has been because we’ve had great band directors,” said Dr. Jeff Wilson, a member of the band and a board member. “We were all in a panic. We hated to see the band not continue.”
When Wilson ran into Fudge a little while later, Wilson said he immediately thought of him taking over as the new band director.
Now that he will be directing the community band, he looks to continue the four concerts the band does each year, as well as participate in the veterans day parade and banquet.
“Something I’m really excited about is the Midway Island reunion. The Glasgow Community Band has been asked to take a big part in that, so on June 5 at Ralphie’s [Fun Center], we are going to provide the music for part of the celebration,” he said. “Also we are planning on taking part in the Sunday morning service at the state park.”
Fudge is not looking to make many changes with the band.
“I’m just wanting to carry on the tradition that Mayor [Charles] Honeycutt, H.B. Steen and Bill Brogan and John Scalise that have kept going,” he said. “I’m just going to step in and be at the head of the ship for a while.”
Fudge is looking to grow membership of the band, and urges anyone who wants to be a part of the group to join the band for rehearsals, which are set to begin in April.
“We’ve got instruments if you don’t have one,” he said.
The community band does receive some funding from the city of Glasgow.
“I know there is support there for the community band from the Glasgow City Council, which helps fund us,” he said. “I think the city of Glasgow sees the importance and value in having this resource, and I think a lot of people in the community are glad the community band exists."
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