A Community Band Christmas

Dec 07, 2012

Thomaston — The Midcoast Community Band will present its annual Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at Thomaston Baptist Church on Main Street/Route 1. Jo Anne Parker of St. George, who has directed the band since 1987, has chosen a mix of Christmas carols and holiday songs old and new to be part of the program.

A new piece this year is “A Fresh Aire Christmas,” a salute to Mannheim Steamroller. Also new to the band is a medley called “Jingle Bells/Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” using Dixieland style and even the Pachelbel Canon. Rounding out the playlist will be “A Canadian Brass Christmas,” “We Three Kings” in the style of a

Spanish march, “A Season’s Carol,” which blends Vivaldi’s “Spring” with “Joy to the World” and “Jingle Bells,” “A Cartoon Christmas” (“Frosty, the Snowman,” “Christmas Time is Here” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”), “Santa Baby,” “O Holy Night,” “American Folk Christmas” and a gospel arrangement of “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”

The audience will be invited to participate in a Christmas carol sing-along. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome to help with the band’s expenses. Copies of the band’s book “And the Band Plays On” will be available for $19.95. For more information, call Parker at 372-6737.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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