December 8, 2015

Christmas concerts announced

The Greater Des Moines Community Band will get into the holiday spirit with three concerts starting Saturday.

The band will play in the food court at the Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines at 1 p.m. Saturday. Band members should bring their own chairs and stands and wear casual Christmas attire.

On Sunday, the band will play at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 25th and University, Des Moines. Members should bring their own stands and wear dress-up/church-type clothing. A group photo of the band will be taken before the concert.

The band's third winter concert will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Woodlands Creek Active Retirement Community, 12605 Woodlands Parkway, Clive. Members should wear Christmas casual attire and bring chairs and stands.

The program will include "Jingle Bells," "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," "Hallelujah Chorus," "Pat a Pan," "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," "I Saw Three Ships," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "Feliz Navidad," "First Noel," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and "Sleigh Ride."

In addition, a low brass ensemble will perform "Swingin' Ukranian Christmas." A sax ensemble with a flute will perform "Baby It's Cold Outside."

The band is directed by David Liljedahl. Christa Miller is assistant director.