A Tradition Since 1843



The Edwardsville Municipal Band, under the direction of James Kerfoot, will present its annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 2 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 vocalist Becky Mestemacher singing the Carl Strommen and Paul Halliday arrangement Together At Christmas.  This festive Holiday work includes “Winter Wonderland,” “Let It Snow!, Let It Snow!, Let It Snow!,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Marshmallow World.”  The concert opens with The Bells of Christmas by Ted Ricketts, which includes “Ding Dong! Merrily On High!,” “The Bell Carol,” “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day,” and “Jingle Bells.”  Rick Acuncius will take the baton to conduct two medleys, the first, Selections from The Polar Express, is arranged by Paul Murtha and includes “The Polar Express,” “Hot Chocolate,” “Believe,” and “Spirit of the Season.”  Acuncius will also direct a medley of world Christmas songs in A Festive Christmas by Kenny Bierschenk, which includes “Ding Dong Merrily On High,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Pat-a-Pan,” “The First Noel,” “Here We Come a-Wassailing,” “Still, Still, Still,” “Good Christian Men Rejoice,” and “Angels We Have Heard On High.”  A whirlwind treatment of “Jingle Bells” will be played in Larry MacTaggart’s arrangement Laughing All the Way.  Also on the program is the traditional Greensleeves arranged by Alfred Reed, and Away In a Manger as recorded by Mannheim Steamroller.  The popular Stephen Bulla arrangement of Symphonic Highlights from Frozen will be played, which includes “Frozen Heart,” “Let It Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” “For the First Time in Forever,” and “Epilogue.”  Becky Mestemacher returns to lead the audience in the John Moss arrangement of A Holiday Sing-Along, and 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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