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A concert featuring favorite composers and holiday music will be presented by the Oakhurst Community Band 3 p.m., Nov. 22, at the Mountain Christian Center on Highway 49. Forty-six musicians will be performing with the band for this event.

“The first half (of the concert) will feature three conductors from our band membership who are all retired from their own careers as music teachers,” publicity chair Sandy Schaefer said. “Pat Mierkey, trombone player, is our in-house ‘march king’ and will direct two marches. He will be directing ‘Riders for the Flag’ by John Philip Sousa and ‘In Storm and Sunshine’ by John Clifford Heed.”

Bill Samuelson, trumpet player, will direct “Pavane, Op.50” by Gabriel Faure and Mike Corrigan, clarinet player, will direct “Loch Lomand” by Frank Ticheli.

“Community Band director Randy Hyatt has chosen several other compositions that will compliment the energy of the first half of the concert,” Schaefer said.

The second half of the concert will celebrate the Christmas season with favorites, including “Midnight Sleighride” by Serge Prokofiev, “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano, “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo,” as performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”

The Oakhurst Community Jazz Band, made up of members of the concert band, will perform a big band favorite, “Everybody’s Waitin’ for the Man With the Bag,” featuring percussion section member Mary Posluch as vocalist.

“The first half (of the concert) has music by famous composers with a great variety of literature,” Hyatt said. “The second half will be like a holiday celebration and will get you in the mood for the December Season. There will be a special guest in a big red suit!”

“Our community has been so supportive and encouraging. We are excited to present this concert as our gift to the community,” Hyatt added. “Band members have been practicing at home and on Monday evenings. We are eager to strut our stuff a bit and share our talents with family and friends.”

While admission to the concert is free, donations are accepted and are used for music, instruments and instrument repairs.

In addition to the three concerts presented by the group each year, members of the Oakhurst Community Band “work closely with the Yosemite Unified School District’s instrumental music department to provide an opportunity for advanced students to play with seasoned older musicians,” Schaefer said.

“Several of our band members are involved with mentoring and instructing students starting in the junior high music program and continuing with the high school program.”

Additional information is available on the band’s website at oakhurstband.com.

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