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B'ville Community Band performs Wednesday

The Baldwinsville Community Band is proud to present a Christmas and 30th Anniversary concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 9 at the Baker High School auditorium.

Joining the Baldwinsville Community Band will be the group The Mexico Brass, an outstanding group of brass players who will delight the audience with their musical numbers. Both bands will include Christmas music that is sure to please all ages.

This concert also celebrates a landmark for the Baldwinsville Community Band. On Dec. 5, 1979, the first rehearsal under the baton of Phillip Sterling took place at Durgee Junior High School. Thirty years later, Phill is still conducting and there are now about 50 members, of which at least eight are original 30-year members. The band was formed by Sterling in order to give adults, who had played musical instruments in their earlier years, a venue in which to continue their love of performing music. The Baldwinsville Community Band was one of the first community bands in the area to re-introduce the concept of the local, village bands, which were so prevalent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Baldwinsville Community Band has been a staple at most local community functions since its premier concert on March 4, 1980. They have also performed at the New York State Fair and concerts in Rochester, Sacket's Harbor, Syracuse, Auburn and most recently, in Lake George this past summer.

To help celebrate the holiday season and their anniversary, the Baldwinsville Community Band has joined forces with the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center/Christmas Bureau. The concert itself is free, but the band requests that concert goers consider bringing a new, unwrapped gift for a girl or boy; non-perishable food items; or cash donations to be collected at the door by members of the Christmas Bureau.

If you have never attended a Baldwinsville Community Band concert, this is a great chance to hear how fantastic the group sounds live, in concert and also an opportunity to help make the Christmas holiday a little brighter for local, deserving children and families. For more information, call 635-1235 or 638-4956.

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