Nashville Star, Pete Huttlinger, to Perform with Southern Stars

By Rebekah K. Bohannon Beeler

“There is something about (guitar) players and their sound. It doesn’t start with the instrument. It starts in the heart and then goes down to the hands.”  This is an excerpt from Pete Huttlinger’s Blah, Blah, Blog posted September 6, 2010, less than two months before he suffered a major stroke and while recuperating subsequently incurred massive heart failure. In light of his unique heart and the medical adversity he has overcome as a result, Huttlinger, the world renowned, award winning fingerpicker who has learned how to play the guitar twice, is an expert on matters of the heart. The battery pack he keeps by his side that powers his heart pump is not the only thing keeping him going; his music does, too.
Relearning how to play the guitar, among other things, has made him concentrate on the tone of his instrumentals and working through strained dexterity, he has found that he is “less of a show-off” but he is not in any way less of a musical mastermind and performer. He appreciates things more and that includes his guitar; realizing now that it offers more than it did before. His guitar acts as a voice for the new songs that are in his revitalized heart.
A few of Huttlinger’s amiable experiences on his entertainment resume include performing at Carnegie Hall, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, touring with John Denver, touring with John Oates (of Hall & Oates), several television appearances, and performs with LeAnn Rimes who often requests him for her acoustic performances. He is adding yet another prestigious performance to his long list of musical accomplishments as the guest artist for the upcoming Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) “Strings Attached!” concert at the Central Baptist Church in Crossville on April 20. The SSSB is a professional 30-piece brass ensemble that has wowed crowds by the hundreds since its founding in 2008.
“I’m looking forward to performing with the SSSB. It’s not often that you get to hear the acoustic guitar featured with a brass band,” Huttlinger says, jokingly, “ Or should I say it’s not often that you get to hear a brass band featured at an acoustic guitar concert?”
Either way, the SSSB concert showcasing Pete Huttlinger’s magical musical abilities will undoubtedly be the musical delight of the season. Huttlinger’s rebirth can be heard in all of his songs and as his heart keeps pumping to its unique rhythm, keeping time for him and his guitar, he will be enjoying the art in all of its facets as the sound starts in his heart and moves to his hands and makes his guitar sing.
For more information or tickets to the SSSB concert with headliner Pete Huttlinger contact Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939 or visit the website at

Guitarist Pete Huttlinger joins the SSSB on April 20

The April 20 concert is themed “Strings Attached!” and will feature as guest artist, Pete Huttlinger, who is recognized as a virtuoso acoustic guitar musician. Buddy Greene, who performed last year with the SSSB, personally recommended Pete to band president, Dwight Wages.

“Pete is another internationally known Nashville artist whose technique on the acoustic guitar will amaze our audience,” Wages says. “He cut his guitar chops playing with the John Denver band, was the National finger-picking guitar champion, and is a composer of his own music. Pete has a great sense of humor which he mixes into his performances.”

Pete Huttlinger

“Nashville artists such as Vince Gill, LeAnn Rimes, and John Oates (of Hall & Oates) are just a few of his admirers who recognize Pete as an extremely gifted musician”, Dwight continues. “We are very fortunate to be able to attract guest artists of this caliber.  It is a credit to the SSSB, and our audiences who have appreciated having talent like Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, and now Pete coming to Crossville to share their brand of entertainment.”

Check out Pete Huttlinger on YouTube playing Stevie Wonder’s Superstition to see what a treat you are in for to hear Pete in person.

The concert program for Strings Attached! is as follows:

1)  Klaxon march by Fillmore,  2)  Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) – cornet soloist Joel Tillman,  3) Hey Jude – featuring Pete Huttlinger with the Southern Stars,  4) I Dreamed a Dream (from Les Miserables),  5)  “Neath the Dublin Skies” – featuring Brandon Jones on a euphonium solo,  6)  Little Fugue in G Minor by JS Bach,  7) Vitae Aeternum (Eternal Live) – featuring a major brass band work built around 3 hymn tunes.              INTERMISSION              8)  a 30 minutes set of solo selections by Pete Huttlinger,  9) Liberty Fanfare – celebrating the centennial of the Statue of Liberty,  10)  Make His Praise Glorius,  11)  Sing, Sing, Sing – featuring Pete Huttlinger, Chris McCormick (jazz trumpet), and Kurt Snider (trap set) accompanied by the SSSB.

Tickets are $20 for Adults, $5 for students, and are available at the following locations: Cumberland Eye Care in Fairfield Glade, First National Bank of TN branches in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, Bed & Biscuit Kennels, and at the Cumberland County Playhouse box office and website (a small handling charge will apply at CCP).

The concert is being held at the Central Baptist Church in Crossville, not at our regular venue of Stone Memorial High School. The church is located at 1346 S. Main Street, at the intersection of Miller Bypass and Highway 127 South. The sanctuary seats nearly 1,200, and there is a wonderful balcony for those who enjoy looking down into the the band to see all of the musicians. Click here for a map:

Southern Stars to Present Free Christmas Concerts on Nov. 17

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass, a 30 piece professional instrumental brass ensemble, is celebrating their 5th anniversary season of providing their brand of “Premium Entertainment” concerts which are normally paid admission concerts.   Concert goers have given rave reviews of the outstanding quality of the musicians and the music selections they present   As a way to thank their audience and business sponsors for their support during this period of time, the Southern Stars musicians will present two FREE  concerts as a gift to the community .  The concerts are on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Fairfield Glade Community Church which is located at 521 Snead Rd. in Fairfield Glade, TN.   The concert is themed as Brassy Christmas, and will feature music of the Holidays and Christmas season.

Artistic Director & Founder of the SSSB, Dwight Wages, and Music Director, Dr. Steven Sudduth, have selected music which will cover favorites from the Holiday season.  The concert will be one hour in length and will send you home filled with the enjoyment of great music by this professional ensemble which is recognized as one of the best of this type in North America.  Concert selections are:
  1. Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson
  2. Christmas Song (Chestnuts  Roasting)……Chris McCormick, flugelhorn soloist
  3. On Christmas Day (march)
  4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  5. Three Kings Swing
  6. White Christmas
  7. Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
  8. Go Tell it on the Mountain (swing arrangement)
  9. Frosty the Snowman …..tuba and bass trombone soloists, Stuart Henry and Chuck Lyons
  10. Silent Night
  11. Christmas Rejoicing (march)

Since the concert is free to the public, the Southern Stars expect that the audience for the concert will exceed the 450 seat capacity of the church.   Therefore, the musicians have agreed to provide two concerts (same music selections at each concert) in order to allow as many people as possible to attend and hear this stellar brass band.   One concert will be be at 4:30 pm and the second will be at 7pm.

Because of the expected audience, a ticket voucher will need to be obtained in order to guarantee a seat at the concert and to maximize seating utilization.   These ticket vouchers can only be obtained by the general public at the following locations:   Cumberland Eye Care (Dr. Stuart Galloway offices) on Peavine Road in Fairfield Glade,   and at the Palace Theater on Main Street in Crossville.  Tickets will be available to pickup beginning on October 22. To insure that the seating is maximized and available to as many as whom would like to hear the Southern Stars, the following procedure will be in place:   (1)  only 4 tickets vouchers can be picked up by a single person,   (2) Only take tickets for a single concert…….so make a decision on which you want to attend,  (3)  If you take tickets, please use them.   If you later find you can not use them…………contact Dwight Wages at 484-6939, to inform him so the seats can be released to others who want to attend, and  (4)  You need to be in your seats 10 minutes prior to the concert.   At that time, they will allow people without vouchers to take any open seats.

Here is your opportunity to find out why the Southern Stars have been exclaimed by their audiences, …”as the best entertainment they have seen/heard in Tennessee!” and,  “……….We are so proud to have quality entertainment of this type right at our doorstep, which even much larger metropolitan areas can not match.”   If you have not experienced the Southern Stars, this is a great opportunity to explore why they have been so highly rated by their audiences.  So circle this date on the calendar, and pick up ticket vouchers beginning on Oct. 22.   For further detail, contact Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939.

First Concert of the 2012-13 Season, Saturday, Sept. 8

SSSB Kicks off 2012-2013 Season with Virtuoso Brass

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass kick off their 2012-2013 season—celebrating five years as a professional ensemble—with a program entitled Virtuoso Brass.  The concert will feature members of the Southern Stars in featured solos and ensembles accompanied by the full band.  Their virtuosity will support the concert title demonstrating truly Virtuoso Brass.

Under the baton of Dr. Steven Sudduth, this concert takes place on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm Central, in the beautiful 1200 seat auditorium of Stone Memorial High School.

The tentative program, from SSSB founder Dwight Wages, includes:

Broadway!, arr.  Hanson
Fantaisie Originale, Brandon Jones,  Euphonium solo
Demelza,     Greg Danner,  Eb Alto solo
Serenata, by Leroy Anderson
Jurassic Park, by John Williams
Bugler’s Holiday, by Leroy Anderson, featuring Joel Tillman, Charles Decker, and Dwight Wages


Carnival of Venice, by Arban, featuring guest trumpet soloist, Alex Wilborn
A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square, featuring Adam Featherston, trombone soloist
And the Band Played On
Tico, Tico
Liberty Bell, by John Philip Sousa
Sing, Sing, Sing, featuring Chris McCormick and Jeff White on trumpet, and guest traps soloist, Kurt Snider

Short clip of the ending of Brandon’s solo from Fantaisie Originale:

Clip of Alex at the first rehearsal for this concert:

Single tickets are $20 for adult, and $5 for students/children. Tickets are available through the Cumberland County Playhouse either by walk-up, phoning 931-484-5000, or using the Playhouse’s online ticketing service.  A small service charge will apply for ticketing at the Playhouse.

Tickets are also available at Cumberland Eye Care in Fairfield Glade, First National Bank of Tennessee branches on Main Street in Crossville and the Fairfield Glade branch on Peavine Road, and at the Bed and Biscuit Kennel off of Peavine Road at 153 Fence Lane.

Season tickets are $45 for adults, and include this concert, plus upcoming concerts on Sunday, Feb. 17 featuring guest vocalist Jason Ross from the Cumberland County Playhouse, and the concert on April 20 featuring guest artist Pete Huttlinger from Nashville. Mr. Huttlinger is an acoustic guitar phenom you do not want to miss!  Check out Pete on YouTube to experience his tremendous talent.

For group sales inquires, please call SSSB Founder and President, Dwight Wages, at 931-484-6939.  With the purchase of a minimum of 10 tickets, the group rate will be $17/ticket………..and for every 10 tickets purchased……….we will give the group 1 FREE ticket.   These group tickets are only available through Mr. Wages.

The SSSB is very appreciative of its sponsors, and encourages its audience to choose these sponsors for service when they have a choice.  This season’s sponsors include: Bed & Biscuit Kennel, State Farm Insurance (David Bell), Cumberland Eye Care (Dr. Stewart Galloway), Farm Bureau Insurance (Gordon Atchley),  and the Cumberland Medical Center.

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April 21, 2012 concert to feature Nashville entertainer, Buddy Greene

The final concert of the 2011/2012 season for the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass will be a fitting finish to another great season of music and guest artists. The concert is on Saturday, April 21 at 7pm and will be conducted by Dr. Steven Sudduth. This is a new time for a SSSB concert, but the evening concert should minimize conflicts with springtime golf and gardening.

Brassamataz! is the concert theme and will feature this outstanding instrumental ensemble performing big band hits of the swing era. In addition to this music which will have your body moving to big band beat of this 30 piece group, they have contracted with one of the top entertainers from Nashville.  Sponsors for this concert are:  Maestro sponsor – David Bell, State Farm Insurance; Baton Sponsor – Cumberland Eye Care, Dr. Stuart Galloway; and 2011/2012 Season Sponsor – Bed & Biscuit Kennel.  Guest Artist sponsors are:  First National Bank of TN,  Rush’s Music Stores, and Spirit Broadband Communications.

Buddy Greene, is a virtuoso harmonica musician, guitarist, vocalist and song writer who is comfortable performing across a wide variety of music genres.  Buddy GreenHe has produced 16 CD’s of his own, but it is his frequent appearances with the Bill Gaither Gospel group that most people are familiar.   Buddy composed the music for the hit Christmas song Mary Did You Know? to the lyrics of Mark Lowry of the Gaither Gospel quartet.   He is excellent performing across a wide variety of music genres which makes him great to hear in concert.  Buddy is featured in many YouTube videos, so just Google YouTube and input his name to view his performances. His Carnegie Hall video is sure to impress you with his virtuoso performance of classical music.  For further information, Buddy’s website is:

For this unique concert, the Southern Stars will perform big band medleys of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, “Sing, Sing, Sing” – the Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman hit, Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk”, and Weather Report’s “Birdland”.   Buddy Greene will perform “Georgia, On My Mind” and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” with the SSSB.   Then the audience will be treated to a separate 30 minute set of music where Buddy with be featured by himself, supported by his sideman, Jeff Taylor………..performing a variety of music to demonstrate their skills across selections of gospel, bluegrass, Irish/celtic, and even classical.

Tickets for this great concert are a tremendous bargain at $18 for adults and $5 for students.   A special “short season” ticket for the Feb. 12 and April 21 concert are $30 and can be purchased prior to the Feb. 12 concert.   To hear Buddy Greene perform would cost you at least this, and you will get the added benefit to have the outstanding musicians of the Southern Stars in concert as well.    You are getting essentially two concerts for the price of one!!    Individual tickets will be available for this concert beginning on Feb. 12.    Ticket sales locations will be: (1) First National Bank of TN locations in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, TN, (2) Cumberland Eye Care, Dr. Stuart Galloway in Fairfield Glade, (3) Bed & Biscuit Kennel off Peavine Rd., and (4) Cumberland Co. Playhouse box office at 931-484-5000 or at their on-line website (a small surcharge will apply for the CCP location).   Group sales for a minimum of 1o are available for $15/ticket via contacting Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939.

Strike up the Band concert hits new level

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) recently celebrated the opening concert of their 4th season of their three concert series in Crossville, TN.    The Oct. 23, 2011 concert theme was Strike Up the Band and featured Broadway and movie music.   This concert was sponsored by the 2011/2012 Season sponsor Bed & Biscuit Kennel and had as featured guest artists, the husband/wife duo Brian & Amanda Bacon as vocalists.

An audience of around 430 was thoroughly entertained by the program below:

  • Overture to Candide
  • Showboat selections………guest vocalists (Brian and Amanda Bacon)
  • Bravura………….euphonium solo, Brandon Jones
  • Cheek to Cheek
  • Someone to Watch Over Me
  • Barnum & Bailey’s Favorite
  • Breezin’ Down Broadway
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone……….guest vocalist, Amanda Bacon
  • Mack the Knife……..featuring Chris McCormick, flugelhorn
  • Wind Beneath My Wings……….guest vocalist, Brian Bacon
  • Ragtime for Horns………..Eb Alto Horn section
  • Chicago selections
  • Encore:    Klaxon march

Presidents & Patriots concert set for Feb. 12, 2012

The Southern Stars will be performing their 2nd concert of the Crossville Music Series on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 pm at Stone Memorial HS Auditorium led by conductor, Dr. Steven Sudduth.   Maestro Sponsor for this concert is Gordon Atchley, of Farm Bureau Insurance, and the 2011/2012 Season Sponsor is Bed & Biscuit Kennel.  The theme of the concert is Presidents & Patriots, in line with the date of the concert being President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and the proximity of President’s Day.   The music has been selected to include patriotic music and other selections that have connections to the eras of US Presidents.

Daniel Black will be appearing as guest artist for this concert via agreement with the Cumberland County Playhouse, where he has been an active performer/actor for 16 years.  Daniel will be narrating Aaron Copland’s moving “Lincoln’s Portrait” with accompaniment by the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass.   In addition, Daniel will be the featured vocalist for the ever popular “Bill Bailey”.    The full program for this concert is:

  • President’s march
  • Lincoln Portrait ……..Daniel Black as narrator
  • Sandpaper Ballet
  • Bandinage……tuba solo, Sean Greene
  • Summon the Heroes
  • Bill Bailey…….vocal by Daniel Black


  • William Tell Overture…….featuring our percussion section
  • Shennadoah……euphonium solo, Brandon Jones
  • Solid Men to the Front
  • Tijuana Brass selections
  • American Salute

Tickets for the concert are $18 for Adults, and $5 for Students.   A special “short season” ticket will be available for $30 which gives admission to both this concert and the April 21 final concert of the season.    Tickets will be available in advance by Jan. 13 at the following locations:  (1) First National Bank of TN locations in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, TN, (2) Cumberland Eye Care, Dr. Stuart Galloway in Fairfield Glade, (3) Bed & Biscuit Kennel off Peavine Rd., and (4) Cumberland Co. Playhouse box office at 931-484-5000 or at their on-line website (a small surcharge will apply for the CCP location).   Group sales for a minimum of 1o, are available for $15/ticket via contacting Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939.


Southern Stars announces 2011/2012 Season

The 3 concert season in Crossville, TN will be comprised of a Oct. 23, 2011 concert with two others in 2012…………Feb. 12 and April 21.    The Oct. 23 concert is at 3:30 pm and is titled Strike Up the Band, and will feature Broadway and movie music.  Guest artists are vocalists Brian & Amanda Bacon.    The February 12 concert is at 3:30 pm and is themed, Presidents & Patriots, which will feature patriotic music and selections that are tied to the eras of U. S. Presidents.   Guest artist for this concert will be Daniel Black who is a staff actor at the Cumberland Co. Playhouse, and is appearing via support of the CCP.    The final concert on April 21 is at 7pm and is themed Brassamataz !! and will feature big band swing selections.   The guest artist will be Buddy Greene who is a Nashville entertainer, who appears frequently with the Bill Gaither Gospel group.   Buddy is a virtuoso harmonica musician, guitarist, vocalist, who co-wrote the Christmas classic, Mary Did You Know? See other posts on this website for more details on these concerts.

Tickets for the concerts are $18 for adults, and $5 for students and all concerts are held at the beautiful 1200 seat auditorium of Stone Memorial HS in Crossville, TN.  Season tickets for the 3 concerts are $45, and a “short season” ticket for the last two concerts of the season is priced at $30.  Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more.   Contact Dwight Wages at email for addition information.

April 3, 2011…….Brass Goes to Great Britian

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) will play the final concert of this season’s Crossville Concert Series on Sunday, April 3 at 3:30 pm.   The concert will be held at the Stone Memorial HS Auditorium.    As the concert them implies, the group will be playing music from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England and will feature several of their own musicians in instrumental solos.    In addition, the world famous Tennessee Tech. U. Tuba Ensemble (directed by Winston Morris) will be appearing as guest artists with the SSSB.    The tuba ensemble is comprised of 14 tubas and 6 euphonium musicians and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and has produced many CD’s which have spred its reputation worldwide.

While the concert program selections are not final at this time, you can expect to hear music like:

  • Celtic Suite by Philip Sparke
  • Spriritual Fantasy ………. Euphonium solo featuring Brandon Jones
  • Ye Banks & Braes…………..Cornet solo by Joel Tillman
  • It’s Not Unusual (Tom Jones hit)………Trombone section feature
  • Fantasy on British Sea Songs
  • Year of the Dragon……… Philip Sparke
  • Colonial Song…………by Percy Grainger
  • Punchinello march
  • James Bond Collection

Ticket prices are $18 for Adults………….and $5 for Students (include university students).   Tickets will be available after Feb. 17 from:

  • 1st National Bank of TN branches in Crossville and Fairfield Glade
  • Cumberland Eye Care in Fairfield Glade
  • Bed & Biscuit Kennel (off Peavine Road)
  • Cumberland Co. Playhouse box-office ( 931-484-5000)

SSSB Presents “Silver Screen Hits” on Jan. 23

What do the movies E.T., Pink Panther, Days of Wine and Roses, Fame, The Mission, Wizard of Oz, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Peter Gunn, The King & I, An American Tale,  De-Lovely, Porgy and Bess, Pennies from Heaven, An American in Paris, and Goldwyn Follies all have in common?  They represent movies for which beautiful and familar music has become part of our popular music culture, and they will all be represented in the coming concert by the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) on Jan. 23 called “Silver Screen Hits”.   This concert is supported by our 10/11 Season Sponsor – Bed & Biscuit Kennel, and Baton Sponsor – Farm Bureau Insurance and agent Gordon Atchley.

The SSSB’s ensemble of 30 professional brass and percussion musicians has been dazzling its audiences for 3 seasons thru its brand of “Premium Entertainment” which combines music for all ages, a wide variety of music styles, outstanding guest vocalists, and virtuoso instrumental soloists from the ensemble’s outstanding musicians.  Mr. Chaz Barber of Knoxville, will be the featured vocalist to sing with the SSSB at this concert and his rich baritone voice will be showcased on “The King & I” and “Gershwin for Brass” medlies, and Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”.   Chaz currently teaches voice at Roane State and serves as choir director at the Community Church of Fairfield Glade.

Two instrumental soloists will be featured in the concert program.   Adam Featherston of Nashville, will be playing on trombone Cole Porter’s poignant ballad “Everytime We Say Goodbye” which was sung by Natalie Cole in the movie “De-Lovely”.   Adam holds Bachelor of Music degree from UT, and a Master’s degree in Music from TTU.   He has connections to Crossville, as his grandmother currently lives here.

The second instrumental soloist, Dr. Greg Danner, has been featured previously in prior concerts and will be performing the “Allegro from the 3rd Horn Concerto” by Mozart.  Surprizingly, this classical gem was part of the soundtrack for the movie “Fame” about NYC’s School for the Performing Arts.   Dr. Danner is the Professor of Composition at TTU in Cookeville and is a regular in the pit orchestra at Cumberland Co. Playhouse, so undoubtedly you have heard him on your visits there.

Dr. Steven Sudduth will be guest conducting the SSSB for the remaining two concerts in the Crossville Concert Series, including the coming Jan. 23 performance.   SSSB’s regular conductor, Dr. Donald Ryder, is on sabbatical from the Univ. of Tenn. and has some other committments to follow during this time period.   Steven Sudduth is currently Director of bands and Low Brass at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY.  He has taught at the university level in North Carolina, North Dakota and South Dakota.   Dr. Sudduth has won several awards for his music compositions and is an accomplished trombone musician for  various symphony orchestras and brass quintets.   The SSSB is looking forward to having Steven debut at the coming concert.

Besides the vocalist and instrumental music mentioned above, the concert will include the following selections:   “Fanfare & Flying Theme from E. T.”,  “Somewhere Out There”, “Cartoon Classics”, “Wizard of Oz” medley, “Gabriel’s Oboe”, “Death or Glory” march, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”, and “Touch of Mancini”.

The concert will begin at 3:30 pm on Sunday, Jan. 23 and will be held in the Stone Memorial High School Auditorium of I-40 at Exit 320 (Genesis Road) at 2800 Cook Road.   Prior information errorenously reported the concert to begin at 3pm, but the correct start time is 3:30 pm.

Tickets for this concert are $18 for Adults and $5 for Students.   These are available for advance purchase at Cumberland Eye Care on Peavine Road in Fairfield Glade,  First National Bank of Tennessee branches in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, Cumberland Co. Playhouse box office, and Bed & Biscuit Kennel off Peavine Road.   Call Dwight Wages at 484-6939 for further details.