Sounds of the holidays

The Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds hosted their fourth annual Holiday Concert and Sing Along Dec. 19 in the Performing Arts Building.

The band filled the festively decorated stage at 1p.m. as director Stephen P. Piazza took the stage for the annual holiday performance.

“We do this every year but this is the first year we featured the brass section,” said Pizza ” I just really love the involvement of the community.”

Even with the pouring rain outside the audience was near to full. People from all over the community showed up to see the show.

“I’ve been coming to these performances for years,” said Valerie Kane, a former volunteer for the Oasis Club. “The band is excellent, I’ve always enjoyed it.”

The variety of Hanukah music was a new addition added by oboe player Mike Kibbe.

“This is my third season with the band and I was tired of playing to the same Hanukah songs every year,” said Kibbe. “Steve aloud me to arrange this year’s Hanukah piece.”

The performance featured a holiday sing along arranged by tuba player Bob Joles. Audience participation was phenomenal as the theater filled with song.

The Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds will be returning to the Performing Arts building on Jan. 16 with “An Intimate Afternoon on Chamber Music” at 2p.m.

They will return again on Jan. 30 with the “California Composers Concert.” The event will be a tribute to California composers such as John Williams.

The show will also feature The Orange County Wind Symphony. Together they will be performing a version of the most downloaded song to date, The Beatles “Abbey Road.”

Tickets for all performances by the Los Angeles Symphonic winds can be purchased on the day of the events at the Performing Arts building or on the bands website www.lawinds.org.

 

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