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Fulton Community Band to hold Christmas concert

The sounds of the holiday season will once again be heard in Fulton as the Fulton Community Band will hold its annual free Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium.

The Fulton Community Band will be featured performing several new arrangements and old favorites, including Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival,” the “Stars and Stripes for Christmas,” “A Jazzy Christmas,” “Santa Meets the Big Band,” and more.

The former Holy Family/St. Michaels Choir, under the direction of Dolores Walrath, will be also be singing in the concert.

“The band and choir will combine to perform ‘O Holy Night,’ as a tribute to the late Jack Walsh who passed away in June and traditionally sang this carol for decades and for every community Christmas concert,” said Steve Chirello, president of the Fulton Music Association.

“He was a community treasure and the recipient of the FMA’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. “The evening will end with a rousing Christmas carol sing-along with the band, the choir, the Hamer Sing-a-long group and the audience,” Chirello added.

Fulton concert to feature 10th Mountain Division Band

The U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division Band from Fort Drum and the Fulton Community Band will perform a free concert in honor of Veterans Day Saturday, Nov. 3.

The concert is sponsored by the Fulton Music Association.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium. The Fulton Community Band and the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division Band will perform two separate programs and combine for several numbers.

Selections scheduled for performance by the 10th Mountain Band include: “Liberty Fanfare,” “National Anthem,” “Fnugg Blue,” “March 1941,” “West Side Story,” “The Flag Still Flies High” and “American “Soldier.

The 10th Mountain and Fulton Community Band will together perform ‘American Salute,” “Armed Forces on Parade,” and “Stars and Stripes Forever March.”

The Fulton Community Band will perform “The Great Race,” “Band of Brothers,” “Glenn Miller in Concert,” “Elegy For The U.S.S. Arizona,” “Lord of the Dance,” and “The Black Granite.”

The 10th Mountain Division Band is based out of Fort Drum and is commanded by Chief Warrant Officer Two Timothy Wallace.  Since 9/11, the band has provided musical and operational support while being deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation KFOR, Pakistan for support in response to the earthquake that rocked the area in 2005, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and 3 deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

These professional soldier-musicians are trained and ready to deploy anywhere in the world.

Stateside, the musicians of the 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry Band provide a wide range of musical support for the Soldiers, as well as the citizens, of the North Country.

In addition to Marching and Ceremonial Band, the 10th Mountain Division Band can also field an array of diverse performing groups such as: Rock Band, Jazz Combo, Brass Quintet, and many other smaller ensembles.

Fulton Community Band and Dixieland Band to perform

The Fulton Community Band formed twenty years ago in February of 1992.

Paul Sherman, an art teacher at G. Ray Bodley High School and a performer of many musical instruments, sent out a notice to all teachers hoping to form a faculty band.

Due to lack of interest and available talent, Sherman talked to Carol Fox about the possibility of forming a community band and thus there was a beginning.

Community bands, over the past many years, have been springing up all over the country — such as in late l800s, early l900s with Sousa bands, etc.

In the immediate area, there are community bands in Baldwinsville, Red Creek, Phoenix and Fulton. Some of the performers play in all the groups.

Members of the Fulton Community Band are from Red Creek, Oswego, Phoenix, Chittenango, Cicero, Liverpool, Fairhaven, Parish, Baldwinsville and Fulton. Included are active and retired teachers, people from all walks of life ranging in age from high school students thru those in their 70s.

The band is active all year and has performed at local functions such as Memorial Day Salute, church bazaars, annual Christmas concert, historical society ice cream social, community band festivals, Bishop Commons and the new Pavilion Summer Series of Concerts.

The Fulton Community Band will take the Memorial Day Salute stage at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

An offshoot from the Fulton Community Band is the Dixieland Band, which is composed of seven members. They have performed several concerts at venues such as Memorial Day Salute, Snowfest at city hall and they are part of the Summer Series performing at the downtown gazebo.

The Fulton Dixieland Band will be playing at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

The Fulton Music Association’s 15th annual Celebration of Community Music, featuring the Fulton Community Band and a variety of local talent, will be presented Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium. Kimo Cortini, pictured at 2010 Fulton Jazz Festival, and The Cortini Brothers Jazz Group will be performing.

15th annual Celebration of Community Music to be held in Fulton

The Fulton Music Association’s 15th annual Celebration of Community Music, featuring the Fulton Community Band and a variety of local talent, will be presented Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium. Kimo Cortini, pictured at 2010 Fulton Jazz Festival, and The Cortini Brothers Jazz Group will be performing.

The Fulton Music Association’s 15th annual Celebration of Community Music featuring the Fulton Community Band and a variety of local talent will be presented Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium.

The winners of the 2012 FMA senior music awards will also be announced and each recipient will perform at the event.

The concert will feature performances by the Cortini Brothers Jazz Experience, The Classic Touch barbershop quartet, the Holy Family/St. Michaels choir under the direction of Dolores Walrath; the Fulton Community Band under the direction of Carol Fox, and the Hamer Sing-Along group.

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