West Windsor, NJ: The Mercer County Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Louis Woodruff, will present its annual Winter Concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at Kelsey Theater on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College. Admission is free.
The program includes a variety of classics for band, contemporary selections, seasonal favorites, and traditional marches. Among the classics are Bizet’s “Carmen Suite” and Prokofiev’s “Troika.” Contemporary selections will include “Turkey in the Straw,” “Trombone Rag,” and “Gaslight Gaities.” Three Sousa marches include the Band’s signature signoff, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Seasonal favorites are Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and Emile Schillis’s “Festival of Lights.” The audience will be invited to join in singing “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and “Sleigh Ride.”
Now in its 29th year, the Band is open to all area musicians, including MCCC students. Participation is free. The Band has gained a reputation for high quality, entertaining performances, which routinely draw large audiences. Performances throughout the year include community events, holiday celebrations, other venues open to the public, and MCCC’s commencement ceremony.
The Mercer County Symphonic Band is supported by the Arts and Communication Division of Mercer County Community College, with funding from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.