Yolo Community Band, under the direction of Michael Loya, is finishing the year with several concerts for local residents during the holiday season.
On Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., the community band will join the UC Davis Concert Band on stage in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center in Davis, according to a press release.
Loya will conduct Malcom Arnold’s “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo,” followed by a premiere of “Indomitable Blaze,” an exciting new composition by Yolo Community Band percussionist Marcus T. Loya, a music composition graduate of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. This part of the program will conclude with Martin Ellerby’s “Silent Movie Suite,” which evokes all the charms of the silent screen from melodramatic heroines to rollicking slapstick.
Following a performance by the UC Davis Concert Band, the two bands will join under the direction of UC Davis conductor Pete Nowlen, to play Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed. Additional information and tickets are available at mondaviarts.org.
On Saturday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m., Yolo Community Band will perform holiday music in a free outdoor concert at the Davis Farmers Market (weather permitting). The following day the band will perform in Woodland at the California Agriculture Museum, located at 1958 Hays Ln. The historical equipment will be decked out in sparkling holiday lights and admission to the museum includes the free holiday concert. Adults and kids will enjoy both the music and tractor displays.
Yolo Community Band is a 60-piece concert band made up of volunteer musicians from Yolo County communities, ranging in age from high school through retirees.
“It is a joy and a privilege to work with these talented and dedicated musicians to bring live band concerts to the residents of Yolo County communities and to inspire other musicians to continue music performance in their lives.” stated Loya, the band’s conductor and band director at Sacramento’s Jesuit High School, in the release.
Earlier this year, the band entertained a large audience at the Woodland Opera House with a family-oriented Disney themed concert, then performed at Woodland’s Gibson House for the Stroll Through History and honored county veterans with a concert at the American Legion Post 77 Veterans Day remembrance on Nov. 11. The band currently rehearses on Wednesday nights and welcomes new members on all wind instruments and percussion.
Contact [email protected] for more information about these concerts or if you would like to join the band.