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The Cumberland County Community Band (CCCB) will present its annual “The Gift of Music” Christmas Concert at 7:00 pm December 14, 2017 at Stone Memorial High School. The program will include Christmas and seasonal music which should appeal to audience members regardless of age or musical taste. This year’s program will include the talented local vocal artist, Teri Utsey, singing “Grown-Up Christmas List”. This will be her fourth appearance with the band since Christmas 2015. Cookeville crooner, Lolt Holt, was introduced to 950 audience members at the band’s September “Movies, Musicals and Marches Concert” when he sang songs popularized by Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Like Teri, his stage personality and marvelous voice made him instantly popular with the audience. Mr. Holt will be returning to perform “White Christmas” and then will be joined by Ms. Utsey to sing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. Although best known for his “Suites for Military Band”, British composer, Gustav Holst also composed and arranged music for the holiday season. Three of his best known holiday songs are included in Douglas Wagner’s “A Holst Christmas”. Other selections scheduled to be performed include “Hallelujah Chorus”, “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Let There Be Peace On Earth”, “Go Tell It On The Mountain”, “Christmas from the 50’s”, “We Need A Little Christmas”, and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride”. Although donations will be accepted, all CCCB concerts are presented free and the public is invited. Those who have previously heard the band perform will come to the concert expecting to be entertained and know they will hear an outstanding performance. Recently, the Cumberland County Community Band was referred to as one of Cumberland County’s “treasures”. We encourage you to attend the December 14 concert and decide for yourself if the CCCB’s “Gift of Music Concert” is indeed a “treasure”.

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