Mercer Community Band
"Best Free Entertainment on a Friday Night"
Mercer, Pennsylvania

2011 Holiday Concert
December 3, 2011
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Warm-up and intermission entertainment by Johnny Oakes.Johnny entertained with holiday favorites.Dave Ruhlman at the Chinese Auction table.The great music and good weather brought out a large crowd.Master of Ceremonies, Dave Portman.Colors were presented by the Mount Calvary Commandry #67.The band opened the program with the National Anthem.Over 90 musicians were on hand for the concert.The first selection was "Chrismas Declaration".Trombone soloist, Robert Matchett, performed the very difficult "Morceau Symphonique".Mr. Matchett's second selection was the beautiful "Ava Maria".The audience greatly enjoyed Mr. Matchett's performance.The band enjoyed playing "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas"."Jingle Bells" rounded out the first half of the concert.Delicious cookies were available for audience members at the intermission.The Chinese Auction table was a popular stop during intermission.The second half of the concert began with "Sleigh Ride", conducted by  Assistant Director, Doug Butchy, Mr. Butchy also directed "A Christmas Auld Lang Syne".Vocal soloist, Samantha Mastrian Leali, presented "Irving Berlin's Christmas".Ms. Leali's second selection was "Cantique De Noel".Ms. Leali was an audience favorite.Mr. Matchett joined Ms. Leali for a very entertaining version of "Baby It's Cold Outside".Audience members eagarly awating "The Jolly Old Elf".Santa arrived just as promisedSanta directed the band for "Here Comes Santa Claus",Band members joined in with their own Santa hats.The audience enjoyed the fun, as well.Santa stayed around to meet with all of the good little girls and boys.