Community Band to perform Christmas concert

COVINGTON -- T.K. Adams and his Newton County Community Band will continue the tradition of providing a soundtrack to the holiday season with their annual Christmas concert, slated for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Eastside High School auditorium.

The first Christmas concert was held in December 1993, and since then, the audience has become more international, Adams said. "We try to (play music) from different countries. We have several of those in our repertoire this year," he said.

Selections include "Still, Still, Still;" "Fanfare On An Old French Carol;" "O Come All Ye Faithful;" "O Little Town of Bethlehem;" "Jolly Old St. Nicholas;" and a section called "A Caribbean Christmas." There's also an overture called "Mightier Than Circumstance" that Adams said will provide a boost to those who've had a rough day. "If you're sad, it fits you, if you've had a challenging day, it fits you. It fits your environment that day. It ends up that you're a winner," he said. The evening will also include that rousing hymn, "Go Tell It on the Mountain."

Several members of the Oxford Youth Singers will perform at the concert, and audience members will be greeted by a saxophone ensemble playing Christmas carols in the lobby, Adams said.

The 60-member band features members from nine counties, including Newton and Rockdale. All concerts are free and made possible through financial support by donors like The Porter Trust and The Arnold Fund, Adams said.