It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas


Several local musicians will perform for the community this weekend.

The St. Maries community band and choir will perform their third annual joint concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Eagles Lodge. The choir will then perform their third annual Christmas cantata at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Presbyterian Community Church. Both concerts are free.

Jim Broyles directs the choir and Mike Noyes directs the band. They expect the joint concert to last an hour and a half. The cantata will last an hour. Neither concert will include a church service.

Mike Noyes and Jim Broyles will conduct the joint Community Band and Chorus concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.

Mike Noyes and Jim Broyles will conduct the joint Community Band and Chorus concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.

Though they have their responsibilities to direct, Mr. Noyes makes time to sing in the choir and Mr. Broyles makes time to play in the band.

“And we’re both always looking for more people,” Mr. Broyles said.

The choir has 35 members and 18 individuals play in the band. Together, they will perform three selections at the joint concert Saturday. The band and choir will each perform five selections separately.

“The reason I really like it is because you get to hear 50 or more musicians performing at the same time,” Mr. Broyles said of the joint concert. “You don’t get to hear that all that often especially in a small community.”

“I just enjoy bringing music to the community,” Mr. Noyes said. “And you will get to hear different dimensions of music. It’s just going to be a nice, relaxed evening of holiday music.”

Mr. Noyes said the audience can expect to hear some songs they’ve heard in the past, but promises a new twist.

“They are always different because of the instrumentations,” he said.

Members of both the choir and the band include a variety of individuals including those who are still in high school as well as those who have retired.

“The most fun for me is the choir keeps growing and keeps improving,” Mr. Broyles said. “It’s not the same choir we started with three years ago.”

Three hundred people attended the first joint concert, Mr. Noyes said.

“It was a bit smaller last year. We had about 200 people that attended,” he said. “People have a desire to hear holiday music and I think that’s why it does so well.”

“It’s a way to start the holiday,” Mr. Broyles said.

At the cantata Sunday, three selections will be performed from King of Kings. The community will also have a chance to sing along with the choir.

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