Potomac State to present Christmas Concert December 4th

The Potomac State College/Community Band at Potomac State College of West Virginia University will present its Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The band is under the direction of D. Lynn Zeller who previously served as the band director at Braddock Middle School in Cumberland and currently conducts the Potomac Concert Band, also based in Cumberland.

The program will open with John Philip Sousa's “The Invincible Eagle March” followed by Robert Sheldon's “A Simple Celebration” with a trumpet solo by Keyser musician and businessman Jon Bush. The 42-piece concert band will continue with “Acclamation” by James Curnow, which is built on the church hymn “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” and features flute soloist Elisa Partlow. Next on the program will be “Chester Overture for Band” by William Schuman which is based on the William Billings' hymn and marching tune of the American Revolution.

The remainder of the concert will feature music of the season. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” will be followed by “Finale for A Winter Festival, The Splendor of Christmas” another Curnow composition. This piece will feature Bush and Phil Fertig on trumpets, Will Nose and Adam Leatherman on trombones, and clarinet soloist, Shirley Hackworth.

Three traditional Hanukkah tunes will be included in “A Hanukkah Festival” arranged by Chris M. Bernotas and featuring Jean Miller on clarinet.

From the famous Canadian Brass quintet comes “A Canadian Brass Christmas” which features several old English and Canadian carols: “Ding Dong!” “Merrily On High,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “The Huron Carol”, and “Here We Come A-Wassailing.”

The program concludes with Stephen Bulla's “A Gospel Christmas.” The medley includes “O Come Emmanuel,” “Adeste Fidelis,” and “Handel's Hallelujah Chorus” with an up-tempo infusion of Gospel excitement.

The public is invited come and help celebrate the holiday season with the band.