FROM READERS: Columbia Community Band to perform holiday concert

Friday, December 6, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CST

Harry Tyrer is a professor at the MU College of Engineering. He is also a member of the Columbia Community Band's euphonium section.

Sitting in the back row of the band, a great place to hear the music, the euphonium section contributes with melody, counter melody and the addition of color. But we have another contribution to make and that is that the Columbia Community Band’s composer-in-residence is also a euphonium player. In that sense he belongs to the entire band and we all love to play and hear his new compositions. In this concert we will have two new pieces of his that we will premiere.

Taking the podium to lead the band will be John in his fresh arrangement of Stephen Foster songs. John of course is Dr. John Cheetham, the band’s composer-in-residence. John is internationally known for his small ensemble, concert band and orchestra compositions. You of course are invited to hear this Sounds of the Season concert.

Included is the well-known Copland "Variations on a Shaker Melody," a fun piece to play and hear. We have a lot of Christmas music — who doesn’t like "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire", both the piece and the tasty treat? John also did a fun arrangement of "Jingle Bells" that you will want to hear. Of course there will be marches and "Sleigh Ride" complete with sleigh bells and horse whinny.

Give yourself and your family wonderful Christmas treats. Eschew the stuff that’s played daily on the radio for an uplifting experience. The Band’s Sounds of the Season holiday concert will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Hickman High School Auditorium, 1104 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 573-446-2263 or visit our website.

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