The Lodi Community Band's annual Christmas Concert was a wonderful lesson in musical styles. They played jazz, orchestral, pop and traditional hymns, just to name a few.
Our local band shared the stage with the Joyous Brass ensemble of Sacramento, which plays a style I thought I hadn't heard before — British brass band. It turns out that if you've ever heard a Salvation Army brass band, you've heard the British brass band style.
There's a rich and uplifting beauty to the sound and it's still very popular with the British even today. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass_band_(British_style)">Here's a link to a short Wikipedia article about British brass bands or "silver bands" as they are sometimes called.
As a delighted audience picked up their coats and hats to head out into the nippy afternoon, announcer Ron Rader's closed with a parting blessing that I thought profound:
"May your favorite music always be in style."
Thanks, Ron. That's a wonderful wish for any season.