Central Pennsylvania Community Band offers free concert

PHOTO PROVIDED The Central Pennsylvania Community Band will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Central Mountain Middle School auditorium.

MILL HALL — The public is invited to a free concert presented by the Central Pennsylvania Community Band and slated for 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Central Mountain Middle School auditorium.

The Central Pennsylvania Community Band is an all-volunteer organization composed of musicians of all ages from Clinton, Lycoming and Centre counties. From an original 13 members in 2009, the band has grown to more than 40 members at present. The founder and director is Paul Kellerman, former band director at Bald Eagle-Nittany High School and Williamsport High School. He is assisted by Ashley Crust, music teacher for Keystone Central schools.

This year’s fall concert is a mixture of spiritual, patriotic and seasonal music sure to please. The performance will begin with the rousing “Fanfare for the Common Man” by American composer Aaron Copland, a 1942 tribute to those engaged in World War II. The band will also play “God of Our Fathers,” the National Hymn of the United States, by Claude T. Smith and his most performed work.

Clifton Williams’ “Dedicatory Overture” with its entire movement growing out of the opening fanfare, Karl King’s masterpiece march “Allied Honor” and great songs from World War I such as “Over There,” “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” “Keep the Home Fires Burning” and “Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile” heard in Darren W. Jenkins’ arrangement of “Echoes From the Battlefield,” will be performed.

The band will honor those in attendance who served or are currently serving in the armed forces with the popular “Service Medley” featuring the songs of each branch of the military.

The concert will finish with a selection of seasonal songs including “Christmas Lights” which incorporates sections of “Coventry Carol,” “Ukrainian Carol,” “Toyland,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” among others. Claude T. Smith’s “Symphonic Prelude on Adeste Fidelis” is an arrangement of the familiar carol. And evoking memories of past holidays, “Christmas from the ’50s” features “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “The Christmas Waltz” and “Home for the Holidays.”

The Central Pennsylvania Community Band will resume rehearsals in January and is always looking for new members. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the middle school’s band room. Past performances by the band can be viewed on YouTube and the band’s Facebook page.