Free event scheduled for Friday

Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 03:43 PM.

Together, the two Kenton tunes last for less than five minutes of the 90-minute show, which includes an intermission.

“For this little tiny piece of the performance, it’s a lot of work to get these together,” Bartholomew said.

Attendees can expect to hear the standard wind ensemble repertoire, too.

“The concert is going to run the gamut of all the different styles of music,” he said. “If you’re coming to hear standard Christmas favorites performed by the concert band, you’re going to get that. If you’re into something different, like these jazz charts, you’re going to get that. Of course, we’re saving everyone’s favorite until the end as well. I can’t talk about it.”

Staff Sgt. Terri L. Kopetzki, the band’s lead female vocalist, will return for a couple of melodies. Special appearances will also be made by civilian bassoonist Amy Shields, wife of Sgt. Eric Shields, a French horn player in the band, as well as retired Master Sgt. Mark Munger, of Hubert, who will be the narrator for “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and Bartholomew encourages those from the public who plan on attending to get to the theater by 6 p.m. Identification may be required at the main gate.

“The theater is usually near capacity for this concert and that’s the way we like it,” he said. “We want it to be full. So, for those that are going to join us to celebrate the Christmas season that evening, I highly encourage that you get there in a timely manner in order to get a good seat. It’s going to be well attended. A lot of the Marines from the base will be there. Most of the base shows up for this.”

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