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Christmas Ministry Weekend

December 9-10, 2017.
Christmas Ministry Weekend

This year, the band held its Christmas concert at the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ. Although there were weather issues, we were still able to have a wonderful time of Christmas celebration and fellowship together. Two special guest groups were going to be featured during the evening: The White Plains Youth Chorus and Montclair Citadel Junior Band. Unfortunately, the Youth Chorus could not make it due to the weather. However, the Montclair Citadel Junior Band, under the leadership of Ralph Pearce, were able to treat us to a great prelude of Christmas carols and selections. It was great to see and hear these young people perform.

Bells of Christmas (Stephen Bulla)
Greensleeves (Eric Dina) (ABJ 343)
Carol – Hark the Herald (Norman Bearcroft)
Come, all ye shepherds (Ruben Schmidt) (ABJ 341)
O Magnum Mysterium (arr. Ballantine)
Huron Carol (Andrew Wainwright )
Devotional – Lt Colonel James LaBossiere
Renaissance (Peter Graham) (FS 556)
Sleigh Ride (arr. Tomlinson)
Holly and the Ivy (Dorothy Gates)
Silent Night (Barrie Gott) (GS 1947 (2))
Congregational Song – O Come, all ye Faithful (Himes) (HC 140)
A Christmas Finale (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)

Each year, as part of our Christmas ministry weekend, the band visits the Manhattan ARC to share in morning worship – this is always a special time for the band, and the men and women of the center always appreciate the music and encouragement we bring.

Bells of Christmas (Stephen Bulla)
Silent Night (Barrie Gott) (GS 1947 (2))
A Christmas Finale (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)
Carol – O Come all ye faithful (Himes) (HC 140)
Greensleeves (Eric Dina) (ABJ 343)
Come, All ye Shepherds (Ruben Schmidt) (ABJ 341)
Band Chorus – Away in a manger (Dorothy Gates)
Huron Carol (Andrew Wainwright)
Carol – Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Bearcroft)
Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson)
Christmas Joy (Erik Leidzen) (ABJ 17)

This was the first weekend away with the band for our newest member, Noah Rife, who recently joined the cornet section. Noah is originally from the Southwest Ohio & Northeast Kentucky Division and recently moved locally and now works at the Spring Valley Corps after school program. We know he will be a great addition to the band and we look forward to seeing him grow as a Christian musician. Welcome to the band, Noah!