The beautiful sounds of the Delta Music Makers will soon be heard all around town.
The concert band is celebrating its 35th year with three concerts during the festive season:
- Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner. Entry fee is $9 charged by McKee to include wine and cheese afterwards.
- Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Ladner Community Centre. Joint gig with Delta Music Makers, Delta Idols and Delta Concert Band.
- Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m., KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. No entry fee, but donations gratefully accepted by KinVillage.
The Music Makers are known for their audience-friendly repertoire, instrumental features, vocal soloist and audience participation.
“It is so nice to meet someone on the street who says, ‘Oh, you’re that conductor guy’ and it’s accompanied by a laugh or smile,” says conductor Curt Jantzen, founder of the Delta Music Makers.
“This is the effect we love to see. Our audiences tell us that our Christmas music is not only enjoyable but also memory-provoking, bringing back good memories from younger years.”
The band will perform some new Christmas medleys and themes, the Winter Games theme from the Calgary Olympics, various solo features with assistant conductor Margaret Behenna on vocals, and even a couple of lively and fun non-Christmas tunes, such as Sound of Music as a vocal feature.
The audience will enjoy clapping along with the Radetsky March and singing lustily with the famous Christmas Singalong.
The two Sunday concerts will involve the Delta Music Makers performing a 90-minute concert with intermission. The Tuesday, Dec. 11 evening will include a short Music Makers performance, several Delta Idol soloists, a short set by the Delta Concert Band and a singalong grand finale.
The Music Makers would also like you to mark your calendars for the 15th edition of Ladner Bandfest on June 1 and 2, 2019, when 19 concert bands will descend on Ladner’s Memorial Park for two days of free performances.