Greater Cleveland Community Band presents: ‘Home for Christmas, a Veteran’s Story’
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Home for Christmas
THE GREATER CLEVELAND COMMUNITY BAND, above, will present its Christmas concert Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Right, Dr. Jim Burns narrates “Home for Christmas, a Veteran’s Story.” Below, the Vocal Rhapsody of Cleveland State Community College will present “A Salute to the Armed Forces.”
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The Greater Cleveland Community Band will present its Christmas concert, “Home for Christmas, a Veteran’s Story” on Tuesday at First Baptist Church on Stuart Road beginning at 7 p.m. Narration and music will take you from the Revolutionary War to the present day. The concert will honor Veterans past and present.

Music for this presentation features some well-known music presented by The Stage Band: “In the Mood,” “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” the theme from “M*A*S*H” and “Victory at Sea.”

“A Salute to the Armed Forces” will be presented by the concert band with vocals by Vocal Rhapsody from Cleveland State Community College under the direction of Karen Dale. Veterans will be asked to stand and be recognized during the singing of their service song.

The band director said members are honored to have Dr. Jim Burns as the narrator of the performance. He is an accomplished professor, lyricist, composer, actor and singer who currently serves as music director at First United Methodist Church. One particularly moving narration comes during the playing of “The Bells of Christmas” by the Concert Band as Burns reads Longfellow’s poem. Other moving narrations are the letters home to friends and family.

Two feature presentations during the performance by the Concert Band are “Black Granite III,” a symphonic march by James Hosay, dedicated to the brave men and women whose names are forever engraved in the black granite of the Vietnam Memorial; and “Desert Storm Vanguard” by Phillip Respass, dedicated to the brave men and women who fought for freedom and secured that freedom through operation Desert Storm.

During Erik Morales’ “The Red Baron,” listen for the aerial dogfight between different instruments in the band. The concert will end with “Prelude to Christmas” featuring several Christmas selections and “An American Spectacular,” which features a selection of traditional American tunes.

This is a concert you don’t want to miss. The concert is free to the public. Donations will be accepted for the band’s trip in June 2013 to Gettysburg to represent Tennessee at the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of The Civil War.

The Greater Cleveland Community Band reaches out to local high schools, colleges and universities and invites those students to participate with the adults who have dusted off their high school instruments to be part of this group.

Many students are able to coordinate their participation with special credits at their respective schools.

For more information about The Greater Cleveland Community Band or about this performance, call Tooter’s Music 559-8994 or The Red Ribbon 473-1114.