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Pork and Bands still saucy event
Performing Saturday during Pork and Bands are flute payers, from left, Samantha Henry, Lilliana Ordonez and Lilly Walls. They are with the WCHS band.

Celebrating its 36th year supporting the Warren County band program, Pork and Bands was held last weekend with performances before a packed house at the high school.
“This event started with Mr. Chilcutt (former band director) long ago,” said WCHS band director Duane Farnham. “It’s a wonderful tradition. We bring in all the different bands from the county and the different ensembles. It’s a wonderful outreach to the community.”
Pork and Bands not only serves as the major concert recital for bands, ranging from beginners to the high school band, but it is a major fundraiser for the band as those in attendance can enjoy a BBQ meal.
The performances Saturday included the Winter Guard, Pioneerettes, a percussion ensemble, a brass quintet, the beginning, intermediate and high school bands.
Farnham said it is uplifting to see the band program flourish in Warren County. Farnham has been here since 1999 and has had help from the middle school band and other directors. He says continuity may have something to do with the success.
“The job they’re doing at the middle school and county schools just bolsters what we do here at the high school program,” Farnham said. The high school band is 75 members strong.
Farnham praised the Band Boosters for their efforts in putting on the annual event, noting there would not be a band program without their help.
“They do it all and I get to just direct the band,” Farnham said. “It’s hard to do such a good job. They do it for the kids.”