Community Band tunes up for Yuletide

The Campbell River Community Band has spent the fall preparing a tasty menu of holiday music

For most of us, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without music.

The Campbell River Community Band has spent the fall preparing a tasty menu of holiday music for an afternoon concert on Sunday, Dec. 9

“Not Just Another Christmas Concert” is for the whole family – it’s not too long, it’s in a family friendly venue, and there are tea and goodies made by band members to share at the end.

The event, under the baton of founding conductor Céline Ouellette, begins at 2 p.m. in the multi purpose room at Carihi. Tickets for the concert are $5, or $12 for a family, and are available from band members or at the door.

Popular Christmas fare is well represented with a medley of favourites, such as Winter Wonderland, I’ll be Home for Christmas and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Everybody knows Jingle Bells, but they may have to listen hard to find the tune in Richard Saucedo’s exciting arrangement. The Twelve Days of Christmas gets an unusual treatment in the Lydian mode.

More traditional carols make their appearance in C’est Noel, by Quebec composer André Jutras and in a haunting arrangement of Holst’s In the Bleak Midwinter by Robert W. Smith.

Veni Immanuel is based on an 8th century plain chant, O Come O Come Immanuel. The arrangement by Phillip Sparke evokes a medieval cathedral.

Roger Kirk on trumpet and Doug Craig on euphonium are the featured soloists in the duet Baby, it’s Cold Outside, followed by Sammy Nestico’s Good Swing Wenceslas.

The concert will conclude with Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride.