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Northwinds symphonic band set to perform Dec. 4
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Northwinds Symphonic Band holiday concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4

Where: First Baptist Church banquet hall, 751 Green St., Gainesville.


The Northwinds Symphonic Band is getting ready for "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

If those familiar lyrics bring to mind happy, Christmas-time thoughts, that's good, because it's the title for the group's holiday concert.

"(We) will be playing 11 selections which will reflect the upbeat theme," said Ron Evans, Northwinds conductor.

"Beginning with a Broadway-styled opener, the concert continues with one of Johann Sebastian Bach's most loved cantatas - ‘Wachet Auf' or ‘Sleepers Awake, A Voice is Calling.'"

The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, at First Baptist Church, 751 Green St., in Gainesville. It will be held in the banquet hall of the church.

The band also will play a medley of Mannheim Steamroller works and a fresh composition based on "Jingle Bells."
"‘Laughing All the Way' will be performed with special effects and is dedicated to all who love snow," Evans said.

In addition to good music, concertgoers are in for a few other treats, like Gainesville Theater Alliance Director Jim Hammond narrating Clement Moore's poem, "The Night Before Christmas."

Evans founded the band in 1984.

"It occurred to me that music educators — primarily band directors  — who had studied their instruments and majored in music were putting their instruments back in the cases," Evans said.

"There were no outlets for them to continue performing on the instrument they loved to play."

After sending out an initial inquiry letter, Evans was able to establish an ensemble.

Today, the group boasts a membership of more than 60 volunteer musicians.