Farmington Hills tunes up for the holidays

December 6, 2012 by  

Farmington Hills, Michigan, is getting in tune for the holidays, thanks to the Farmington Community Band’s Concert Band, which is conducted by Damien Crutcher.

The band is staging ‘The Holiday Show’ on Sunday, December 9, at 3:00 pm, at the Harrison High School auditorium, 29995 12 Mile Road. As with all Farmington Community Band (FCB) events, admission is free.

The 80-piece band is based at Harrison High and is comprised of more than 100 people who perform in a number of ensembles. Band members are not just high-school students but people of all backgrounds and ages who enjoy performing.

The Farmington Community Band began in 1966 as a six-member ensemble known as the Farmington Civic Band. Today, the organization comprises numerous smaller groups including the 80-member Concert Band and 20-piece Jazz Band scheduled to play on December 9, as well as a Dixieland Band, Clarinet Choir, Flute Ensemble, and several smaller groups.

The original band was begun by R. Paul and Fern Barber, who wanted to encourage the numerous talented musicians in the area. Any adult who wishes to do so may join the band, and qualified high-school students may join after auditioning.

The program features concert standards, as well as popular holiday songs. On the list are ‘Lincolnshire Posy’ by Percy Granger and the Christmas classic ‘Sleigh Ride’ by Leroy Anderson. During the Concert Band’s intermission, the 20-piece FCB Big Band will take over, offering swing tunes and jazz standards to get everyone in a holiday mood.

The FCB could carry out some flyer printing to publicize the event. It might include the program, as well as providing information on how to join the band.