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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 10:02 am

For a musical introduction to the holiday season, spend an afternoon with the Valley Concert Band. The San Joaquin County-based orchestra will perform a selection of traditional favorites and some different melodies during the “Christmas Comes Early to Lodi” concert, presented by the Lodi Community Concert Association.

“It should be a great holiday show, said Carol Dinkel, a three-year board member for the LCCA. “They’re local, and that usually draws interested people. There’s an interested audience in listening to local musicians.”

The band was started by Roland Terry in the summer of 1997, and is connected with the Stockton Musicians’ Association. Currently, it’s directed by Chris Anderson and includes 30 professional musicians from 10 Central Valley cities. The group is known for their programs of marches, show tunes, jazz, and classical concert pieces. In the last four years, they have distributed 20 scholarships to local middle and high school students.

Anderson is a graduate of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. He has been active as a music educator, performer and conductor in San Joaquin County for more than 30 years. His specialty is the trombone, and he performs with the Swingaires, the Stockton Concert Band, and Tropical Nights.

The Valley Concert Band is based in Stockton and known for their summertime Concert in the Park series. This is their first Christmas concert in Lodi.

The band will be joined with eight members of Singing in the Reign, the choir at Lodi’s First Baptist Church directed by Dane Burg. Burg holds two degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He has performed with numerous chamber groups, as well as the Santa Rosa and Napa Valley Symphonies, and serves as the Pastor of Worship Arts with Lodi’s First Baptist Church.

Anderson said the show will include classic arrangements of Christmas carols, plus some big band arrangements and jazz, Latin and Caribbean musical styles.

“Thanks to the vocal group, there will be opportunities for the audience to sing along as well,” he said.

The 30-piece orchestra will fill the stage at Hutchins Street Square for a 90-minute performance. The show is one of five planned for this concert season.

Contact Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.



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