Buzz:  RSO opens 96th season with ‘Symphonic Magic’ on Oct. 14. Meet some ‘terrific’ students. Scouts reunion is Oct. 22 at Camp Sidney Dew.  Rome High’s Show Choir bringing in Billy Joel, Elton John impersonators for benefit concert Nov. 4.

Buzz: RSO opens 96th season with ‘Symphonic Magic’ on Oct. 14. Meet some ‘terrific’ students. Scouts reunion is Oct. 22 at Camp Sidney Dew. Rome High’s Show Choir bringing in Billy Joel, Elton John impersonators for benefit concert Nov. 4.


Maestro Jeffrey Dokken and illusionist Landon Swank


Rome Symphony Orchestra’s 96th season premiere concert, ‘Symphonic Magic,’  featuring Illusionist Landon Swank and Maestro Jeff Dokken, is Saturday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rome City Auditorium. Tickets range from $6 to $22 in advance and $6 to $27 at the door. Tickets on sale at Rome Kroger, Living & Giving, Merry Bee Gallery or online or call 706-291-7967. Landon Swank, is best remembered for his recent record breaking 12- episode run on “America’s Got Talent” where he wowed the judges with his unique brand of illusion and story- telling.  Now residing in Las Vegas, Mr. Swank is featured on TV’s “The Illusionist” and is the youngest Master Magician in the country. He can be seen performing in hotels and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe, often with his magician friend Chris Angel.  “Symphonic Magic” was the creation of Maestro Jeffrey Dokken who reached out to Mr. Swank after observing him in performance.  The two now have plans to take the tour on the road with October’s RSO concert being their inaugural performance!  Dokken is the conductor for the North Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Richmond, and for the Christmas at the White House Orchestra.  A talented musician, and vocalist, Maestro Dokken has conducted for orchestras all over the world.

Eagle Scouts, Boy Scouting alumni, and former Boy Scouts are invited to attend a special reunion on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 2-4 p.m. at Camp Sidney Dew at 3624 Everett Springs Road in Armuchee. The purpose of the reunion is to reconnect with alumni and share information about Scouting in the Northwest Georgia Council’s seven county area which is comprised of Bartow, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk and Whitfield counties.

“So often we lose contact with former Scouts as they become adults.  This is an opportunity for those not currently involved to join us for an afternoon at camp and find out more about what is going on with Scouting locally, whether they were involved as youth in this Council or elsewhere and live here now.” said Jeff Brasher, Scout Executive of the Northwest Georgia Council.    “All are welcome to attend, reconnect, and have a great afternoon.”

Added Jerry Lee, President of the Northwest Georgia Council:  “We’re very excited to host this reunion and look forward to having a great turnout of Eagle Scouts and adults that were Scouts as youth. This will be a great event and we’re looking forward to a big turnout to fellowship, reminisce, and show our support of Scouting.”

For more information about the reunion or to RSVP by Oct. 13, or for general information about the Northwest Georgia Council, contact Brasher at or 706-235-5545.

The Rome Rotary Club recognized four Terrific Students from Rome Middle School on Sept. 28. The students were nominated by their teachers for having an excellent attitude, academic performance and attendance. Pictured left to right: Bess Bosworth, RMS Counselor; Christy Epps, RMS Teacher; students Brandon Aguilar, Emma Breithaupt, Jennifer Dang, Marin O’Neal; and Louis Byars, superintendent of Rome City Schools


Rome High School’s Show Choir is set to host a fundraiser concert featuring two of the country’s best impersonators of Billy Joel and Elton John on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Rome City Auditorium. They are Hugh Michael Tyner (Joel) and Bill Connors (John).  The two performers will join forces to recreate the show, “Face to Face,” which made Billy Joel and EltonJohn the longest running and most successful concert tandem in pop music history. The 2-hour concert performance includes a majority of the hits by the two icons with each performing solo but also coming together to play each other’s hit songs on two grand pianos. The show includes six-piece live band. Tickets are available online at or at Lieberman Chiropractic
on Broad Street in Rome.  Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students, and $5 for ages 5-under. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25.
Proceeds will benefit the RHS Grand Finale Show Choir, which is in its inaugural year and will compete in the Spring show choir season with 35 students.
There will also be a free Home Business Expo in conjunction with the concert from 6-9:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Rome City Auditorium.


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