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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing at Carnegie Hall


Saturday, August 6, 2016
Gates open @ 6PM
Concert @ 8PM

The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center Lawn

$25 adult; $23 senior (65+); $20 student; Table of 8 $250; Series tickets $108 (all 5 concerts); Series Table for 8 $1,114 (all 5 concerts).

7% tax will be added to all ticket sales
For tickets call 770.534.2787 or visit
Address: 331 Spring Street SW, Gainesville, GA 30501

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For those of you who attended The Arts Council’s Black and White Ball, as well as many patrons who missed the ball…your request has been granted. We are bringing back Grains of Sand for your listening and dancing pleasure. Former members of The Jesters and other stellar Northeast Georgia musical groups, Grains of Sand rely on live instrumentation, harmonies, undulating rhythms and distinctive vocals for a rich, straightforward soul, beach and Motown musical extravaganza. This 8-piece band rides the groove of the 60s and 70s with nimbleness and a bright expressiveness that will shine throughout the evening.

“Folks, the Grains of Sand put on one of the BEST show's I have seen in a long, long time. I have seen many bands perform over the span of some 40+ years, I rank the Grains of Sand up there with the best I have ever seen.”

- Mike Griffin - Georgia Peach Festival 2014

Purchase your tickets or a table of 8. Bring your lawn chairs, picnics and beverages of choice. Food vendors will be on-site with food for purchase.

The line-up consists of Scotty Piotrowski on trumpet, lead, and backup vocals along with Donny Whitehead on bari, tenor, alto, and soprano sax as well as lead and backup vocals. Scotty and Donny have performed for over 45 years together in another well-known Athens-based band, The Jesters. Over the years they have performed on stage with the likes of Marvin Gaye, The Platters, Jerry Butler, The Marvelettes, Jackie Wilson, and Patti Labelle, to name a few.

Jody Worrell on lead guitar is from Atlanta and has many years of performing and has played at venues like the Montreaux Jazz Festival with Trudy Lynne and William Bell. Jody has performed around the world with many other famous artists and is quite an accomplished guitar teacher and musician. You can find guitar lesson books, DVDs and training videos from Jody at or by clicking on his name.

Greg Veale has been on the Athens music scene for years and has also been a member of the legendary Normaltown Flyers as well as the famous Athens soul band The Rack of Spam. Greg plays bass guitar and provides backup vocals.

Ed Magruder is the drummer and puts the back beat into whatever the band delivers. During his early years he and Jody Worrell played the famous Nacho Circuit in Atlanta. Ed has also performed with the Classics IV and other popular bands.

John James has been playing saxophone full-time and professionally for 25- plus years in the horn sections of popular local and regional R&B bands (The Dirk Howell Band- 25 yrs, Ed Saye, Rack Of Spam), as well as well-known jazz-flavored groups (The Red Clay Quartet, Waxwing Trio, Thunder Wamper, Swing Street). John has performed on numerous recordings as a side man for local, indie, regional and national projects as well as performing in national jazz venues, opening for artists such as Freddie Cole and Arturo Sandoval in the mid-late 80’s.

Phil Boleman trumpet player and vocalist comes from a family of excellent musicians and vocalists. Phil's father instilled the love of music into his children as he served for many years as the "song leader" in their home church. Phil has played with a number of local bands over the years and in his church orchestra for the last 20. Phil is one of the original members of the GOS, bringing a level of excitement and professionalism which energizes the entire band and gets the crowd on their dancing feet.

Greg Smith is a well-known vocalist and keyboard player from Northeast Georgia. He has played in various bands for 30 years and has shared the stage with such famous artists as The Charlie Daniels Band, Wet Willie and others. He is an accomplished keyboard player and pours his heart out in every song he sings. Not only a performer on stage, Greg also plays as a studio musician, helping many other artists realize their dreams.

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