The Austintown Schools’ Instrumental Music Department announces holiday concert series

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On Dec. 10, the Austintown Fitch Instrumental Music Department will host its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. in the Fitch High School Auditorium.

The concert will feature the freshman band, the concert band and the symphonic band playing traditional holiday favorites. As an added feature, the band’s drumline will present a percussion ensemble. In keeping with tradition, the symphonic band will end the concert with a rendition of Alfred Reed’s “Russian Christmas Music.”

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens ages 65 and up.

On Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., the band programs will present a Holiday Jazz Festival featuring the Austintown Middle School jazz, and the high school’s jazz 1 and jazz 2 ensembles. The following night, Dec. 20, the Austintown Intermediate School’s fifth-grade band will perform along with the Austintown Middle School sixth-grade band for their holiday concert. The concert series will conclude on Dec. 21 with the Austintown Middle School seventh-grade and eighth-grade bands performing. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. with admission of $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

The high school bands are directed by Wesley O’Connor and Austintown Middle School’s bands are conducted by Jeremy McClaine. The Austintown intermediate Band is directed by McClaine and Jackie Mortimer.

The Austintown Band Parents Club, Inc. will be selling the band’s annual Christmas ornament at all concerts. This year’s edition of the annual ornament is pewter with red, white and blue enamel featuring a snare drum and the song “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The Fitch marching band is known for playing a series of four standard patriotic songs and an ornament series was created that depicts each song. The ornaments are $10 each.

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