NORTH BEND — The Bay Area Concert Band will gather for a holiday concert that will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the First Presbyterian Church at 2238 Pony Creek Road in North Bend. The concert will be under the direction of Steve Simpkins.
The program will include; "Christmas Day" by Gustav Holst, "Portraits of Christmas" arranged by Warren Barker, "A Christmas Portrait" arranged by Jerry Nowak and "A Fireside Christmas" arranged by Sammy Nestico. Sammy Nestico is an American composer and arranger of big band music. Nestico is best known for his arrangements for the Count Basie orchestra. Additional holiday pieces will round out the program.
This particular concert is a favorite among our audiences as it features small group ensembles from the band playing special arrangements. Many of the arrangements were written by the bands own Dan McGraw and will be very pleasing to our concertgoers.
Please mark this date on your calendars and let us assist you in reviving the holiday spirit. It is a free concert with donations appreciated. The donations now go towards maintaining the band and for scholarships for participating band members private music lessons or college classes.