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FMS Winter Band Concert

FMS Winter Band Concert
By: Mary Andersen
The FMS bands have been preparing for their winter concert, which will be held on Tuesday evening, December 13, at 7:30 PM (one half hour later than usual) in the FMS cafetorium. We invite you to join us for holiday music and samples of nonseasonal band literature from each of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands, directed by Mary Andersen.
The 6th grade band will open the evening with "Snowy Christmas Day" by composer Jerry Williams. They will also perform the patriotic "America:  Sweet Land of Liberty", which is based upon the familiar song, "My Country 'Tis of Thee". They will end their portion of the program with a fun arrangement by Brian Beck titled "Fiesta On the Housetop".
The 7th grade band will begin with a fanfare by composer James Swearingen, "Above and Beyond". They will follow with holiday pieces, "Joy to the World" (a Handel version, arranged by Feldstein and O'Reilly, and "Winter Celebration", a compilation of three carols.
The 8th grade band will open their portion with "Hsien", an active pentatonic piece by Earl J. Fox. They will continue with Robert W. Smith's version of "In the Bleak Midwinter", with solos by Claire Epperson, Lauren Kraemer, and Alex Camero. They will close the evening with "Holiday Celebrations", arranged by Chris Bernotas.
A free will offering will be collected in lieu of admission. Cookies and punch will be served following the concert in the FMS commons. We hope you will join us for an enjoyable evening of music with the FMS bands.