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May your music always be in style

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Posted: Sunday, December 4, 2011 7:06 pm | Updated: 8:23 am, Mon Dec 5, 2011.

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. 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.

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