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Fulton Community Band Annual Holiday Concert Sunday, Dec. 16

The sounds of the holiday season will once again be heard at 7:00 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 at the annual Fulton Community Band Christmas Concert in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium, said Steve Chirello, president of the Fulton Music Association (FMA). The concert is free.

The annual, free Fulton Community Band Christmas Concert is 7:00 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16, at G. Ray Bodley High School and will also feature the former Holy Family/St. Michaels Choir, under the direction of Dolores Walrath. The band and choir will combine to play an arrangement of “O Holy Night” in tribute to Jack Walsh, above, who was the Fulton Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2008. Walsh performed O Holy Night at every Community Christmas Concert since they began.

The Fulton Community Band will be featured performing several new arrangements and old favorites including Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival,” the “Stars and Stripes for Christmas,” “A Jazzy Christmas,” “Santa Meets the Big Band,” and more.  The former Holy Family/St. Michaels Choir, under the direction of Dolores Walrath, will be also be singing in the concert.

“The band and choir will combine to perform “O Holy Night,” as a tribute to the late Jack Walsh who passed away in June and traditionally sang this carol for decades and for every community Christmas concert,” Chirello said. “He was a community treasure and the recipient of the FMA’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.

“The evening will end with a rousing Christmas carol sing-along with the band, the choir, the Hamer Sing-a-long group and the audience, Chirello said.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend this free concert, Chirello said. For additional information, call 342-2294.