A Tradition Since 1843


The Edwardsville Municipal Band, under the direction of James Kerfoot, will present its annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 1 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 two saxophonists, Jerry Cobetto on alto and Kevin Haddock on tenor playing the John Moss arrangement of Frank Loesser’s Baby, It’s Cold Outside.  The concert opens with A Fireside Christmas by Sammy Nestico, which includes “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “The Christmas Song.”  Following will be Faeries by Chip Davis and Robert Longfield, which is based on Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” from The Nutcracker Suite.  Rick Acuncius will take the baton to conduct two medleys, the first, A Yuletide Memory, is arranged by Roland Barrett and includes “Angels From the Realms of Glory,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night,” “Silent Night,” and “Joy to the World.”  Acuncius will also direct a medley of swing Christmas songs in a John Wasson arrangement of In the Christmas Mood, which includes “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” “Frosty the Snow Man,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”  A down-home treatment of Christmas songs will be played in Jeff Simons arrangement Country Cookin’ Christmas.  Included in this medley are “Jingle Bells,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “We Three King,” and “Joy to the World.”  Also on the program is the traditional White Christmas arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, and Celtic Carol, based on “What Child Is This?” by Robert W. Smith.  The popular Mariah Carey song All I Want for Christmas Is You will be played, and band member Lisa Hartley will lead the audience in the James Ployhar arrangement of Christmas “Pop” Sing-A-Long.  The concert will conclude with the traditional playing of 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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