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Gateway Concert Band to present its winter concerts Dec. 2, 3 in Enumclaw

The Gateway Concert Band will present its winter concerts, entitled “Yuletide Celebration”, on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at the White River High School auditorium; and on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:15 PM at the Enumclaw High School auditorium.

The concerts are an eclectic mixture of Christmas, Hanukkah, and other seasonal music for band.

Also, director Jack Prindle will be featured, playing Ernst Sasche’s Concertino in E-Flat on the soprano cornet.There is no admission charge, but a $10 donation is recommended.

For more information or directions, call 360-825-5369 or visit http://www.gatewayconcertband.org.

Some additional information:The Gateway Concert Band is a community band based in Enumclaw.

It is directed by Jack Prindle.  Formed in March of 1996, it has presented over 185 performances in its sixteen year history; all of the band's concerts have been free-of-charge.

The band is open to any interested adult and competent high school instrumentalists, without audition.

It rehearses on Monday evenings at Enumclaw Middle School from 7-9 p.m.

The program begins with a rousing arrangement of three traditional “Christmas angel songs” entitled From the Realms of Glory.

Next, our director steps forward to play an arrangement of Ernst Sasche’s Concertino in E-Flat on his soprano cornet with the band.

Rhapsody for Hanukkah is an engaging medley traditional Hanukkah songs.

Following an artful arrangement of Prokofiev’s Troika for Lt. Kije, the first part of the concert concludes with Minor Alterations, Christmas songs like you’ve never heard them before.

The second portion of the concert opens with a spectacular setting of more Christmas carols entitled Yuletide Tapestry.

Assistant conductor Todd Frazier leads the band in an inspirational setting of Longfellow’s classic poem I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day entitled The Bells of Christmas, featuring Fred Davis as our narrator.

The next piece, Christmas Recollections, includes many of our favorite Christmas pop tunes from the past.

After an engaging arrangement of the French carol Il Est Ne le Devin Enfant entitled He Is Born, the concert concludes with one last medley of Christmas favorites, A Christmas Finale.

 

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