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‘Christmas Comes Early to Lodi’ draws large crowd

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Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013 7:45 pm

The San Joaquin County-based Valley Concert band drew a huge crowd as it performed a selection of traditional favorites and some different melodies during the “Christmas Comes Early to Lodi” concert, presented by the Lodi Community Concert Association.

Directed by Chris Anderson, the band included 30 professional musicians from 10 Central Valley cities, many of them from Lodi.

A graduate of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, Anderson has been 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. Sunday was its first Christmas concert in Lodi this year.

The band was 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 at First Baptist.

Another highlight was Aprylle Messinger, a life-time Lodi resident, who sang a solo of “Christmastime is Here,” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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