Rector Chamber Banquet Set for Monday

Thursday, April 18, 2013
State Rep. Joe Jett

Tickets are selling quickly for the Rector Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet, set for Thursday, April 25 at the Rector Community Center. The event will begin with a seated and served dinner at 7 p.m.

The event will feature the sounds of the Rector High School Brass Ensemble, comprised of instructor Daniel Van Aalsburg on trumpet, senior Hayden McCluskey on trumpet, senior Charles Garron on trombone and sophomore Nicholas Householder on trombone. The group is returning to the stage after a popular performance at last year's event.

"The Chamber asked us to perform last year, and the students enjoyed it," Van Aalsburg said. "We're honored to be asked to return."

Mr. V, as his students know him, said the brass group was put together quickly a year ago for their banquet performance.

"We've been working on incorporating more concert band in the program, and that event sort of worked along those lines. It gave these guys a chance to play music that a little bit different than what they were used to playing. That can be a challenge, but it's also a reward."

Van Aalsburg says the group's musical selections for the banquet will have a regal note to them.

"We've been working on music which you might imagine you'd hear at a queen's banquet. There's a certain amount of elegance."

The group has been working on their selections for the past three weeks in preparation.

"These three guys are gifted students," Van Aalsburg said. "They can handle the extra work, and this is really a good opportunity for them to do more in music."

The banquet also will feature two very special guest speakers.

Sen. Robert Thompson, a native of Paragould, will provide an update of activities at the state and local level. Thompson has served in the Arkansas Senate since 2007, and is currently the Senate Majority Leader. In 2004, he began the first of two terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Also speaking at the banquet will be Joe Jett, a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Success. Rep. Jett was elected to serve District 56, which encompasses the entirety Clay County and portions of Greene, Randolph and Lawrence Counties, in 2013.

"We're honored to have these gentlemen as our guest speakers," Rector Community Development Director Janet Manchester said. "We'll be able to receive an update on current legislative action and how it affects us here."

In addition to the special guests, this year's banquet will also feature a delicious meal prepared by Genny's Kitchen of Rector. Those in attendance will be served at their seats by youth members of Life Change Community Church. This marks the first time the event has featured servers.

"We want our guests to be able to enjoy a seated dining experience without waiting in line and carrying their meals and drinks back to their seats," Manchester said.

Tickets for the banquet are available at the Northeast Arkansas Innovative Training Center, located at 324 South Main Street in downtown Rector. Tickets may be ordered in person at the site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by contacting Manchester at (870) 595-2300. Tickets are $20 each or $15 for non-member senior citizens. Tables for eight may be reserved in advance.

Also, the Chamber will give away five lovely table centerpieces during the evening's events.

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