The Cottonwood Community Band presented its first concert of the 2015-2016 season to a full house Dec. 6 with overwhelming appreciation from those who attended.
If you missed it, you have a second chance to hear them. The same concert will be presented again in Camp Verde, Sunday, Dec. 20, from 3-4 p.m.
The Camp Verde Multi-Use Theater is located at 210 Camp Lincoln Road on the campus of the Camp Verde schools. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
The band, under the direction of interim director, Roy Breiling, has chosen a variety of music in addition to the familiar Christmas songs which includes 'Patapan'.
Patapan is a French Christmas carol written by Bernard de La Monnove in 1720. The carol revolves around the birth of Christ and is told from the perspective of shepherds playing simple instruments -- flutes and drums.
The Irish tunes includes: 'Irish Tune from County Derry' by Grainger; 'The Irish Washerwoman' by Leroy Anderson; and the traditional 'Celtic Carol' arranged by Robert W. Smith.
The band will play a very familiar overture from an operetta, 'Light Calvary' written by Franz von Suppe ' in 1886.
The operetta is rarely performed today but the music has achieved quite a distinct life of its own and is played around the world by orchestras and other media.
"Puszta" composed by Jan von Der Roost in 1987 is a suite of four high-spirited Gypsy dances Though the music is reminiscent of the Hungarian and Slovic Dances, all themes are originally written without using authentic folk dances or tunes.
The word Puszta means a vast prairie in Hungary where gypsies used to move around with their wild horses. The mood alteration of the temperamental and melancholic themes as well as the tempo changes is typical for gypsy music.
With music for everyone, come on down, relax for a short while and the music will definitely lift your spirits for this holiday season.
The band is recruiting local musicians for the spring season and may be contacted on the web at cottonwoodcomunityband.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Submitted by Judy S. Cowan, Public Relations, Cottonwood Community Band