DANVILLE — A blend of holiday and summer favorites will entertain guests at Sunday's Danville Municipal Band concert.
The free concert will be at 7 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of St. James United Methodist Church. It will last about an hour.
“It’s a great kickoff to the Christmas season,” said Mark Lindvahl, who plays trumpet in the band. “It will be a nice mix of Christmas and good concert band music that’s fun to play and fun to listen to.”
Lindvahl, music director at St. James, noted that, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, he’s thankful for great music that’s available to people in the area. He’s also thankful to sponsor Full-Fill Industries in Henning for its gift of a free concert.
Band director Dave Schroeder said sponsorship forms will be available Sunday so the band can extend its summer season beyond the six concerts supported by the city.
Each performance is about $2,500; organizations or a group of individuals may consider helping the band to present more concerts. Various levels of tax-deductible donations will be accepted.
The sponsorship forms are on the band’s Facebook page, as well. The band also hopes to look into getting grants.
About 45 musicians will perform at Sunday’s concert. It will open with “Christmas Classics — A Holiday Fanfare” by James Curnow, former assistant director of bands at the University of Illinois.
The next selection will be “On This Day, Earth Shall Ring,” the first movement of a larger piece called “Winter Suite” by British composer Gustav Holst.
After some other numbers, the band will present a medley from “The Polar Express.” The concert will close with an arrangement of “Silent Night,” based on Chip Davis’ Mannheim Steamroller version.
Schroeder said the concert is nice for the musicians as it gives them a chance to perform off-season. That helps shorten the time between the last summer concert and next June.
He added, “We’re always very grateful that St. James opens its facility to us and to the community.”
Donations to the band, one of the oldest in Illinois, will be used for trailer maintenance, instrument repairs, buying new music and chairs, and other expenses.