Celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah with music by the Zionsville Concert Band and the Castlewood Singers in the sanctuary of Zionsville Methodist Church, 9644 Whitestown Parkway, Zionsville, Indiana, on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 2:30 p.m.

The program is entitled “Celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah.” Castlewood Singers, an Indianapolis-based group under the direction of Scott Bradford, will be featured guests of the band.

The band will open the program with “Overture to the Messiah” by George Frederic Handel. Also included will be Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” for band and choir, which features beloved Christmas and holiday songs. Hanukkah, which falls on December 25th this year, will be celebrated in a piece entitled “The Three Moods of Hanukkah.” The afternoon will conclude with the stirring “Hallelujah Chorus” from “The Messiah,” featuring the combined band and choir. A musical prelude of small ensembles drawn from members of the band will be presented in the narthex at 2:15 p.m.

The Zionsville Concert Band’s holiday performance is an annual tradition. There is no charge for admission, and tickets are not required.

John Richardson has served as the Zionsville Concert Band’s Music Director since the organization’s inception 14 years ago. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, NY, with a focus on French horn and piano, and Master’s of Music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. John was a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and was French horn soloist in the White House Orchestra. He retired from Christ Lutheran Church of Zionsville where he served as organist and pianist, and earlier had been the Music Director, conductor of the hand bell choir, and director of the classical and contemporary instrumental ensembles. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Indiana Wind Symphony and the Indianapolis Municipal Band, and he conducted the band that assembled for the Bohumir Kryl Project at Wabash College’s Visiting Artist Series. In addition to teaching piano and band instruments, John is a member of the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Brass Choir. On Sundays he is one of the organists for church services at Hoosier Village Chapel and at Trinity Lutheran Church of Lebanon.

Steve Jones, Assistant Conductor, attended the Jordan School of Music at Butler University, where he was principal euphonium player for the Butler Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. He played with the 6th US Army Band and has extensive experience in dinner and musical theater. Steve holds the position of Music Director for the Zionsville Christian Church and provides private piano lessons.

The Zionsville Concert Band is always seeking new members. All that is required is high school musical experience or beyond, and there is no audition and no cost to join. The band rehearses Tuesday evenings at Zionsville United Methodist Church, 9644 Whitestown Road, Zionsville. Prospective members may attend a rehearsal. For more information about the band, contact Music Director John Richardson at (317) 727-4667.