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Jack Daniels kicks off concert season

The Selma Community Concert Association will present its first show of the year at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at J.A. Pickard Auditorium.

Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band will play two sets of small-town, turn-of-the-century music.

“It’s just old fashioned,” said Doris Holland, SCCA president. “But it’s really fun.”

The band was formed when Jack Daniel, of Tennessee whiskey fame, decided he wanted a band in the small town of Lynchburg, Tenn. Daniel bought a collection of instruments from Sears, Roebuck and Company for $230 and handed them out to folks around town. The band never gained as much popularity as Daniel’s whiskey, but it developed quite a following around the South.

However, at the turn of the century, the band slowly faded and ceased touring.

The discovery of an old photograph in 1978 led historian Dave Fulmer to re-create Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band. The current lineup has been touring the U.S. ever since.

“We thought it would be something Selma would enjoy,” Holland said.

The SCAA, which has been around for 70 years, produces four concerts throughout the year. The concerts are funded through grants and donations.

Holland said these concerts, and other community events, are huge draws for people looking to move to Selma.

“They look for good schools, churches, banks, and they look for cultural arts,” Holland said. “There’s a need for this here.”

The SCCA is just a good fit for Selma, said SCAA board member Margaret Griffin. Griffin said the SCCA tailors its concert selections to the community’s tastes. The concert is all about quality, variety and affordability.

“The music is just wonderful,” Griffin said. It’s just an asset to this city.”

Tickets for Saturday night’s concert cost $30 and are still on sale at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library and the Selma District Chamber of Commerce. They are also available at the door the night of the show.