The Lee County Band will awaken the joy and magic of the Christmas season in the young and young-at-heart when it presents its annual holiday concert on Dec. 8. Featuring marching wooden soldiers and a Dixieland combo, the concert will take place at 3 p.m. at Cape Coral High School, 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., just north of Veterans Parkway.
The program will include both secular and sacred Christmas music, including themes from Tschaikowsky's "Nutcracker Suite," the overture to Handel's "Messiah," Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," a Christmas medley by Leroy Anderson, "Jingle Bells in Dixie" and a Christmas "Pop" sing-a-long.
Additional concerts are set for Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, and April 6. The events are free (donations accepted) and open to the public; all will be at 3 p.m. at Cape Coral High School. Director is Richard Bradstreet; emcee and vocalist is Normal Jones.
The 60-member band rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Michael Lutheran School, 3595 Broadway Ave., Fort Myers. Members are musicians from all walks of life career musicians, amateurs, and folks renewing skills from years past who reside in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties. The band welcomes new members every year.
For information, visit www.leecountyband.org or phone Norman Jones at 239-995-2097.