Community band tuned-up for Christmas concert

The Temiskaming Community Concert Band will be presenting its annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 10.

The event will take place at Timiskaming District Secondary School in New Liskeard at 2 p.m.

Admission is a freewill offering at the door.

The 34-member band, which draws from Temiskaming Shores to Englehart and places in between, has been practicing for the event since September, says conductor Gail Menard.

The band unites area people who have a love for music.

"Things are shaping up nicely," she said in a telephone interview.

Band members range in age from their 20s to their 70s this year.

"We're quite a diverse group. There are some new musicians who are just learning an instrument and others who have been playing for several years, or who have played in high school and dusted off their instrument after a 20-year hiatus."

Like many other events, a couple of years were lost during the pandemic, but returned last year. Woodwinds, brass and percussion are uniting to present Christmas songs as well as a few other musical pieces.

Once again, "The Temiskaming Community Choir is going to join us and we're going to perform one piece together," Menard added.

The two-hour concert will include an intermission at which time there will be beverages and treats available for $1. The coffee is being donated by Darrell Doucet of McDonald's Restaurant, and the apple cider is being donated by Davy's Your Independent Grocer.

Band members are baking the goodies that will be available at intermission, Menard said.

The Temiskaming Community Concert Band will be making a presentation of $500 to the Salvation Army Food Bank and Salvation Army Lieutenant Robbie Donaldson has been invited to attend to receive it.

Darlene Wroe, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker