Covington Concert Band Begins Rehearsals and Welcomes New Members | News from the community of St. Tammany



The Covington Concert Band – already over 60 members strong – will hold its first rehearsal of the 2022 season on January 6, and interested musicians are invited to visit. All winds and percussion are welcome, but the community orchestra especially needs more clarinets and saxophones. The group is led by composer-conductor Erik Morales, from Mandeville.

Practice takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Bogue Falaya Hall, next to the Fuhrmann Auditorium, on West 23rd Avenue in Covington. The hall, provided by the Town of Covington, is the band’s usual rehearsal space.

The idea for a community group was conceived in August 2020 by musician Meredith Berry Jr. and supported by the city. The group started training four months later, but due to the COVID pandemic, the first concert was delayed until April 2021.

While the easily transmitted virus prompted rehearsal musicians to undergo temperature checks, socially distance themselves and cover their horns, there were 2021 concerts celebrating July 4 at Bogue Falya Park, a concert by fall “Fire, Fury & Fun” at the Castine Center and two “A Covington Christmas” concerts in December. The first, December 2 in the Fuhrmann Auditorium, could become another annual Christmas tradition, and the final performance has filled the Covington High School Auditorium.

Berry, the founder, remains the executive director of the group. For more information on membership or to track scheduled performances, visit the group’s Facebook page or call (985) 867-1206.


YEAH ! Playmakers Theater will open the new year with a play based on Agatha Christie’s debut novel, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles,” from January 22 to February 21. 6. The story begins when an injured Hastings is sent home after World War I to recuperate at his friend’s magnificent Styles Court estate. But when a woman is found dead there, Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate. Tickets go on sale January 8.

OH MY! The Slidell Little Theater will present “Blue”, a play by Charles Randolph-Wright from January 14 to 23. Meet the Clark family, the epitome of Southern success with a rebellious son groomed to become the next great jazz legend. But watch what happens when he brings home a daughter who is not up to her iron-willed mother.

YOWZER! The hilarious, terrifying and surreal world of children’s beauty pageants comes to life in the “Pageant Play” January 7-22 at the Cutting Edge Theater. Pinky Corningfield will do anything to ensure her beloved little Chevrolet takes the crown. Glitz, glamor, kidnapping and tiny false teeth reign supreme on the scene. Avoid fees online by calling (985) 649-3727 or texting (985) 285-6666 for tickets.


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OLD TREES: The Parish of St. Tammany government will accept recycled Christmas trees for swamp restoration until January 28. Bare, unflocked trees can be brought to the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds at 1515 North Florida Street in Covington or the Old Levee Board property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell during daylight hours. Trees should be stripped of all decorations – ornaments, lights, garlands, etc. – and the stands must be completely removed to be eligible for the program. Flocked trees cannot be used for restoration.

40/40: The Northshore 40 Under 40 Reception will take place on January 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville. The Northshore Media Group and the St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Chambers of Commerce are teaming up to host this reception in honor of the 2020 and 2021 Forty Under 40 winners, young Northshore professionals who are our future leaders. Admission is free for winners and $ 35 for guests. Registration is required on

FED WORKERS: The next meeting of Slidell Chapter 1396 of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will be on January 14 at 1 p.m. at the Cornelius Community Center, 102 Christian Lane. The speaker will be Chapter Duty Officer Jim Johnson to discuss ways to ensure after death that survivors have the information they need to sort out matters. The Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 am at Fatty’s Seafood Restaurant, 1300 W. Gause Blvd. Contact Elroy Noel at (985) 290-0757 or [email protected] All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are welcome.

BINGO: The Northlake Newcomers Club invites members, guests and visitors to join in playing White Elephant Bingo with prizes and lunch. January 14 at Benedict’s Plantation, 1144 N. Causeway Blvd., in Mandeville. Doors open at 10 a.m. the cost of the lunch is $ 30.00 for members and guests. Everyone is welcome, but reservations are required. Visit

FILM EXHIBITION: “Art of the Film: Louisiana Film Industry Expo” in Slidell Municipal Auditorium will take place Jan. 8 from 10 am to 6 pm, with a day of speakers focused on filmmaking in the state. Winners of the “Make Your Own Movie” poster competition will also be announced and displayed at the exhibit. No charge to attend. More information on

MOVIE THEATER : As a prelude to the exhibit, a “The Business of Film” luncheon will be held Jan. 7 at the Pinewood Country Club for local businesses and those interested in discussing opportunities in the Louisiana film industry. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will headline the midday event, which is presented by The Northshore Collaborative and sponsored by the St. Tammany Tourism and Conventions Commission and Movie Poster Archives. Doors will open at 11:30 am Lunch tickets cost $ 35 for collaborative members and $ 40 for the general public.


THE CRAZY: The St. John’s Fools of Misrule Feast of the Fools and the Great March is scheduled for January 8 in downtown Covington. The parade traditionally takes place on the Saturday following Twelfth Night to move through the historic section of town in authentic costumes and good-natured silliness. For more information or to register, visit or contact Mark Verret aka Calico Jack at [email protected] or (504) 615-9655.

ROYALTIES: The Slidell Newcomers Club will be hosting their 43rd annual Mardi Gras Bal Masque, “A Royal Evening for Royal Ladies”, on January 29 at the Slidell Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m., with catering by NOLA Southern Grill and music by Witness. For more information on tickets, call Balloon Captain Lou Denley at (985) 707-1144.

SYNCHRONIZE IT: Slidell Synch, a squad of synchronized lawn chairs from the North Rim, has opened its ranks to new members and will use its regular Tuesday workouts at 6 p.m. as open house events for adult women interested in joining the group. . Guests can try out some of the routines. Garden chairs provided; wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes. Walk past the John Wesley Building at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 360 Robert Blvd. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page or contact Suzie Hunt at (985) 768-6294 or [email protected]

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