“We decided when it’s not fun anymore, we’ll be done. But it’s never not going to be fun. We love what we do.” – Wenn Harold
They’re PHCC students by day. But at night, they pick up their guitars, drumsticks and keyboards and they rock out to huge crowds.
The Unnamed Band got its start during an open mic night at Mtn. Jax Restaurant and Pub in uptown Martinsville. Bassist Wenn Harold said one band mate knew another who might be interested and it grew from there.
“We started playing at the open mic night about two months ago, and people in the audience just started calling people telling them to get over here,” he said. “On our best show, we had around 120 people that packed this place out.”
Harold said it has been a lot of fun playing with other members of the band, but the highlight, so far, would be performing for executives from the U.K.-based firm Kilgour Industries Ltd., who were recently in town to announce a $27.3 million investment in Martinsville.
“We thought it was pretty cool that Kilgour came to see us,” Harold said. “Since they’re from Britain, we started playing Rolling Stones for them and they loved it. We did ‘Symphony For The Devil.’”
Members of Unnamed Band include Harold; Riggs Roberson on vocals and guitar; Austin Janey on keyboards; Griffin Haley on guitar, harmonica and vocals; Camry Harris on drums, and Ted Alt joined them in a Feb. 21 performance on saxophone.
Harold said the band plays everything from Muddy Waters and Joe Cocker to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. They even throw in a little Lynyrd Skynyrd for local fans.
“We play all kinds of stuff,” Harold said. “When I was growing up, I was a big funk fan. Flea (from Red Hot Chili Peppers) is my hero. And I love Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn. He was my favorite bass player.”
Harold said he’s been playing music his whole life, but picked up bass about six years ago. Haley said he’s played for about five years, and Janey said he’s been on the keyboards for more than 12 years.
Roberson said he’s been playing for more than a decade.
“My playing style is on the jazzy, bluesy end of the southern rock spectrum,” he said. “Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band) and a lot of slide guitar.”
Roberson has played in other bands including Mainstreet Moonshine, which performed at Rooster Walk and other regional venues.
Members from the Unnamed Band come from various backgrounds of music. Harold and other members of the band agreed – that’s what makes the band work.
“We all just have fun when we get together and play,” Harold said. “We decided when it’s not fun anymore, we’ll be done. But it’s never not going to be fun. We love what we do.”
All members of the band are PHCC students, except for Roberson. Harris is enrolled in PHCC’s Culinary Arts program, and Harold studies visual arts and graphic design. Janey and Haley are enrolled in two-year programs, and Alt is a dual enrollment student through Patrick County High School.
Check out Mtn. Jax Restaurant and Pub for upcoming show dates featuring the Unnamed Band. The band also has played at other venues, including Honduras Coffee Shop in Stuart.
Learn more about transferring to a four-year institution at these transfer workshops scheduled throughout the semester.
Main Campus – West Hall Room 208 – April 22 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Franklin County – March 11 from 1-3 p.m. and April 23 from 1-3 p.m.
Patrick County – April 17 from 1-2 p.m.
You can also visit a college of your choice. Check out the college visits planned this semester. Sign up for these trips in the Student Support Services Office, located on the first floor of the LRC – Room 109B.
March 26, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Radford University
March 27, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ferrum College
March 31, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. James Madison University
April 3, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. University of Virginia
April 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Averett University
April 9, 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Virginia Tech
April 14, 6 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Lynchburg College
April 15, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Virginia Commonwealth University
April 16, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Liberty University
TBA 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Winston Salem State University
TBA 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A&T University
TBA 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Have any questions? Call Jennifer Hollyfield at 656-0306.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: March 3 – 7, 2014 RN Application Week.
NURSING APPLICATION PERIODS
- Admission to core nursing classes is by application. Applications are accepted during the published application times ONLY. Applications for each program are available in the Nursing Office (Philpott 109) or in the links provided below.
- RN – The next application period will be March 3 – 7, 2014 for the class that will begin in August 2014. Applications are available online (http://www.patrickhenry.edu/images/pagemedia/2014/RNapplicationSpring14.doc) or on the door of the Nursing office (Philpott 109). Reminder: There is no waiting list – applicants who were not accepted during the last application period need to re-apply if they are still interested.
- LPN – RN Transition The next application period for LPN’s interested in applying to the RN program will be March 3 – 7, 2014 for the class that will begin in August 2014. Applications are available online (http://www.patrickhenry.edu/images/pagemedia/2014/RNapplicationSpring14.doc) or on the door of the Nursing office (Philpott 109). Interested LPN’s need to have completed the prerequisites for the RN program at the time of application & have the following general education courses completed prior to starting the program in August 2014: ENG 111, BIO 231, PSY 230, & SDV 108. Please contact the nursing office for more information.
- LPN: Main Campus – The application period for the LPN class that begins in January 2014 is now closed. The next application period for admission to the Practical Nursing program on the main PHCC campus will be held in March 2015. Applicants who meet the prerequisites (see FAQ’s for PN) & pass the pre-admission test will start classes in August 2015 & graduate in December 2016.
It is very important for all students who are interested in a Nursing or a Health Science Career to see one of our advisors for assistance in planning their academic course sequence each semester. Prior to coming in for advising, please follow the steps listed below:
- Apply to be a student @ PHCC – free and on-line* (*If not currently enrolled)
- Take the College Placement Test* (*If a student has not had previous college level math and/or english)
- Have official transcripts from any college attended (including all VCCS schools other than PHCC) sent to the Office of Admissions & Records located in the Walker Building
- If interested in applying for financial aid, students will need to contact the Financial Aid Office .
- Students interested in the RN or the LPN program should bring a copy of their High School transcript with them when they meet with an advisor.
#1 – Students interested in the RN program need to understand that BIO 231/232 is a graduation requirement & does NOT satisfy the two prerequisite sciences (Biology & Chemistry) necessary for admission to the program. Biology & Chemistry must be completed with a grade of “C” or better at the time of application. #2 – Students interested in the Practical Nursing Certificate program need to understand that NAS 150 is a graduation requirement & does NOT satisfy the prerequisite science necessary for admission to the program. BOTH THE Associate Degree Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) Certificate require a pre-admission test as part of the admission requirements. This test is administered once or twice a year after application periods specific to each program.
PHCC Emergency Medical Services- Paramedic Program will accept applications for the 2014 academic school year Feb. 24 through March 31.
Additional information: http://www.patrickhenry.edu/future/futureacademics/health-sciences-dept
Please complete, print, and mail the application and supporting documents to:
Patrick Henry Community College
Kari Whitney, EMS Program Director
645 Patriot Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112
Please be sure to include all required documents with the application.
For information about the application process or for questions about the application please contact Kari Whitney, EMS Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org; Office: (276) 656-0328 Fax: (276) 656-0261.
Applications are open for the Patrick Henry Scholars and Commonwealth Legacy Scholarships.
If you’re going to apply for the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship award, you must be attending PHCC for the first time. To be eligible for the Patrick Henry Scholars award, you must be a 2014 high school graduate within PHCC’s service region. (Henry, Patrick counties, southern portion of Franklin County and Martinsville City.)
The Patrick Henry Scholars program is a full tuition scholarship provided by the PHCC Foundation. Up to 10 grads from local high schools are chosen to receive the scholarship for two years. If you get the scholarship, you have to maintain a 3.2 GPA, be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and participate in extracurricular or volunteer activities. These scholarship awards are selected by a committee. They are good for up to 15 credit hours and can be renewed if students remain eligible for funds are available.
The Commonwealth Legacy Scholars program is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education through the VCCS. One student from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges is selected. Eligible students are full-time, associate degree seeking students attending college for the first time.
Find the instructions on how to apply here: http://www.patrickhenry.edu/scholarships/foundation/index.php
PHCC will be closed Friday, Feb. 14 due to inclement weather. Check http://www.patrickhenry.edu for additional information.
The latest Patrick Henry Community College Patriot Players show, “Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical,” is postponed.
Instead of opening on Thursday, Feb. 13, the show will now open on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. It will run through Feb. 22, and on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Those with tickets to any show can attend a show on a different date. They must notify the box office up to an hour before the show if they plan to attend a different night.