Black Bear Vacations is proud to support music and the arts. We are a corporate sponsor of the Gaston Symphonic Band. The original Gaston County Community Band was established in 1993 after founding director, Mr. Seth Kirby, overheard two gentlemen at a swing band concert wishing someone would organize a community band for adult members. At that time, Mr. Kirby was band director at Mount Holly Junior High, so he had a place the new band could practice and the means to offer some equipment. Today, Gaston Symphonic Band concerts have evolved into multi-dimensional shows. The concerts are now often collaborative art productions. The band may call on The Gaston String Orchestra, The Gaston Dance Theater, and even a full choir to enhance a particular event. Please click the Learn More button below to get more information about the Gaston Symphonic Band.