Greater Huntington Symphonic Band to perform annual Christmas Concert
IRONTON — The Ironton Council for the Arts presents its annual Christmas concert featuring The Greater Huntington Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Vernon Varnum, and Symphonic Band, directed by Mr. Matt Chaffins, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Ironton High School Auditorium.
Both groups will play arrangements of several Christmas favorites.
Admission is $10 and tickets may be purchased at the door. Ohio University students are admitted free with ID. Donations to support the purchase of band music will also be accepted.
The symphonic band currently consists of approximately 80 members performing on various wind, brass, and percussion instruments. They typically perform four concerts per year throughout the Tri-State including a spring concert, a Fourth of July concert, a fall concert, and a Christmas concert. Performance venues include Huntington, Ashland, Ironton, Barboursville and Ceredo.
The Greater Huntington Symphonic Band has existed for decades under several different names and conductors. It draws its membership from the greater Tri-State area, including Huntington, Charleston, Ashland, Ironton, and Russell-Flatwoods. It is a non-profit organization funded solely by donations to purchase music. Membership is open to anyone who has basic music reading and musicianship skills and loves to play band music. Current members range in age from teens to octogenarians and represent all walks of life including students, retirees, and working professionals.
Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7 p.m. in the Vinson Middle School band room in Spring Valley.