Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 17, 2012

Wages and friends to play Christmas brass at Fair Park

By Tina Taylor
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — The sound of  brass instruments at Christmas playing all those favorite songs is just what everyone needs to stir up all those warm feelings of good memories of years past. The sounds of the instruments seems to soak into your soul as you remember.

Fair Park Senior Center is very thankful to have coming to play for the center Dwight Wages and few of the other members of the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass and the Cumberland County Community Band this Friday. Bill Boyd will be playing everyone’s favorite: the French Horn. He is from Monterey and a retired music educator. David Farber is a retired math and computer science teacher. He and his wife, Linda, live in Fairfield Glade, where she teaches beading art. Farber plays the trumpet. Ted Carlson from Crossville will also be here to play the trumpet.

President and founding director of the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass is Wages, who retired here after 38 years as a chemical engineer at Proctor and Gamble. He formed the 30-musician strong ensemble after finding there were no brass bands in this area. Now, the members come from all over Tennessee, thus Southern Stars, and are based on the British brass band format. They are very professional and have become so popular. They pack the house wherever the ensemble performs.

All seniors in Cumberland County are welcome to come and enjoy the brass sounds of Christmas at the Fair Park Senior Center this Friday morning, Dec. 21 at 9:45 a.m. and join in on the rest of the fun. The center is at 1433 Livingston Rd. and is open from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 484-7416 or check out the website at

The Fair Park Senior Center will be closed for Christmas Monday, Dec. 24 through Wednesday, Dec. 26. Everyone at the senior center would like to wish you a very merry Christmas!