Saturday, January 8, 2011

Christmas Concert... wonderful

Eighty-nine players! Full sections all around (everything except alto clarinet, contrabass clarinet, and contrabassoon and there weren't any parts for those in the music anyway.) There were 6 tubas, a string bass, 7 Euphoniums, 7 trombones, 7 french horns, 12 trumpets, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 baritone saxes, 2 tenor saxes, 2 bass clarinets, 5 alto saxes, 1 Eb clarinet, 13 Bb clarinets, and 12 flutes, plus 7 in the percussion section. Oh yes, and one conductor and a vocalist.

An audience of over 600-- a full house. Plus we received donations to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank exceeding $2,500. Everyone I have seen has raved over how wonderful the band sounded.

A big thank you to Ernest Holley for joining us as soloist. A big thank you to the 20+ people who traveled from 20 to 100 miles to perform in the concert, including the 3 guys who flew in from the DC area, plus our college students home on break who also joined with us.

Also a big thank-you to St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Staunton for making their facilities available for our concert again this year. We were again able to fit 90 musicians in the choir loft in this wonderful space.

Rehearsals are now underway for the Summer Series and our two "road trips." Rehearsals are every Monday night from 8 pm to 9:30 pm in the band building at the entrance to Gypsy Hill Park. In the event of snow or ice, we use class cancellation at Blue Ridge Community College to trigger our rehearsal cancellation. So just check local media or go to and click on "closings."

On May 21 the band will travel to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA to play for the Signature Conference of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. On July 2 we will travel to Charlottesville Virginia to participate in their first-annual Community Band Festival.

Summer Concerts start on June 6 and continue each Monday except July 4 through August. Check our web site for the band history and for our concert programs.

Our web site also offers opportunities to support the band financially and as a volunteer helper.