Concert set for 7 p.m. Friday at Cherry Point theater

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM.

"It’s literally two slabs of two-by-four and you just hit it together. It’s got two handles on the end and about an inch cutout circle to create the air sound that you need. And you just hit it as hard as you can. The first year I did it somebody who was in charge of me told me to hit it as hard as I could and I did it."

Cpl. Osman Farooq Chaudhry, another percussionist, reinforces the tempo with his sleigh bells. He has been in the 2nd MAW Band for nearly three years and this will be his third Christmas concert in which he jingles the bells.

"It’s my favorite part," Chaudhry said. "When you play ‘Sleigh Ride,’ you need sleigh bells. It simply adds character to the piece. It says Christmas. It says merry music, I guess. You’ll definitely hear sleigh bells and chimes going through many different pieces throughout the concert."

Staff Sgt. Terri Kopetzki, a clarinetist, will be along for the sleigh ride, but will be stepping out front as a singer for "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

"It’s always fun for us to get out and see the public and be ambassadors for the Marine Corps, but it’s always fun for us to come back to the place where our biggest supporters are," said Kopetzki, who is also a spokesman for the band. "This is who keeps us here, the people of this community, the people of this base. They are our supporters. They are the reason why we still exist. It’s exciting to give something back to this community as they are always giving to us."

Not only will the 50-member concert band be performing, but the popular 10-member show band will have time on the stage at the event.

"They do more of the rock tunes. We have a couple of Chicago tunes that we’ll be playing for the concert," said Kopetzki, who will also be singing in the smaller group. " … It’s fun. A lot of people enjoy it. They are more popular tunes — songs from the radio, the hits that people like to listen to."

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