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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 21, 2014

Special concert set forSunday

By Xiomara Levsen | Nov 25, 2013

“Sleigh Ride” is just one of the selections the Washington Municipal Band will be playing at their first winter concert on Sunday, Dec. 1.

The concert will be performed at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 3 p.m., said Washington Municipal Band member Dr. Paul Towner.

“We will be playing a selection of holiday favorites,” Towner said. “We hope to get a good turnout with the band members and the audience.”

Towner is looking forward to playing holiday music on his trombone that he hasn’t gotten to play with the band during the summer.

“This will help get people started thinking about Christmas,” Towner said.

Director of the band Tom McNamar said the idea of having a winter concert has been floating around in the back of his head for a couple of years now.

“Well, I just enjoy working with these folks so much that I’m looking for an excuse to work with them again,” McNamar said. “It will be fun for the band members to play and fun for the audience to listen to.”

Another piece the band will play for sure on Sunday is “In the Bleak Mid-Winter” by Gustav Holst, McNamar said.

He isn’t sure what other pieces will be played until Sunday when the band members come to the concert.

“As always, I want the audience to have a good musical experience,” he said. “We have to find pieces to play that will work for those who attend.”

This is also a good excuse for the band members to get their instruments out to play after the end of the Washington Municipal Summer Band Concert series, McNamar said.

“This is kind of a social thing,” he said. “This gives us a chance to get caught up with each other and see how everyone is doing.”

When asked whether or not the winter concert will become a recurring event McNamar said it depended on how this concert goes.

“I hope we have good attendance,” he said. “It should be fun for everyone to come out and hear a little Christmas music.”

A special guest may also make an appearance at the concert, McNamar said.

“If we’re all good little girls and boys, Santa may make an appearance,” he said, “but that’s just a rumor right now. We’ll have to wait and see on Sunday.”

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