A Tradition Since 1843



The Edwardsville Municipal Band, under the direction of James Kerfoot, will present its annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 3 at 7:00 P.M. in the American Legion Post #199 Hall at 58 South State Route 157 in Edwardsville, IL 62025.  The concert is free to the public.

This year’s concert features the Claude T. Smith arrangement Rhapsody On Christmas Carols.  It includes tradition arrangements of Christmas songs including “In Dulci Jubilo,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “We Three Kings,” “What Child Is This?,” “Joy To The World,” “Away In A Manger,” “Deck The Halls,” and “Angels We  Heard On High.”  The concert opens with Carol Of The Bells as recorded by Mannheim Steamroller, and a medley of world Christmas song in Christmas Travelogue by James Curnow, which includes “Fum, Fum, Fum,” “Pat-a-Pan,” “Jesu, Jesu, Baby Dear,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” and “Noel Nouvelet!”  Rick Acuncius will take the baton to conduct several medleys, including In The Christmas Mood by John Wasson, a medley of popular Christmas carols in the Big Band style; and later, Irving Berlin’s Christmas, which includes the ever popular “Happy Holiday,” “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm,” “Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep,” “Snow,” and “White Christmas;” and followed by the Calvin Custer arrangement of O Holy Night.  Also on the program is A Fresh Aire Christmas which includes “Deck The Hall,” “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “Stille Nacht,” and “Good King Wenceslas;” and A Contemporary Christmas by Les Taylor.  Based on The Hallelujah Chorus and When The Saints Go Marching In, the band will play the Canadian Brass arrangement of Saints Hallelujah, which will be followed by James Ployhar’s arrangement of Christmas “Pop” Sing-a-long.  The concert will conclude with the traditional Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.

For more information, visit the band web site at www.edwband.com.

Contact:  James Kerfoot 973-7318



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