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Kiski Valley Community Band concert series to raise money for food banks

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Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
The Kiski Valley Community Band rehearses under the direction of Patti Marco at Kiski Area High School for its upcoming “The Sounds Of Christmas” concert fundraiser series.
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Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
The Kiski Valley Community Band rehearses under the direction of Patti Marco at Kiski Area High School for its upcoming “The Sounds Of Christmas” concert fundraiser series.
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Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
The Kiski Valley Community Band rehearses for its upcoming “The Sounds Of Christmas” concert fundraiser series. Pictured from left are Nita Serene and Helen Auman in the lower row and Greg Rowe and Grace Kostelansky in the top row.

A holiday musical tradition continues as the Kiski Valley Community Band prepares to present its “The Sounds of Christmas” concert fundraiser series.

Four performances are scheduled, starting with a concert Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Murrysville. Concerts also are scheduled in Buffalo Township, Leechburg and Apollo.

All shows benefit local food banks in the communities where the concerts take place.

Patti Marco of Allegheny Township serves as director and Karen Cole is the assistant director.

“An audience member can expect to hear Christmas music arranged in unique ways for a band. Our program includes both reverent and light-hearted selections,” Marco said.

A free-will offering will be collected at the concerts.

The band formed in 1993 and is comprised of about 55 active members from the Alle-Kiski Valley and surrounding areas who play percussion, brass and woodwind instruments.

Any musician in high school or older may join, and auditions are not required.

This year’s show features a few classic tunes, including “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas” and “Greensleeves.”

“This is positive for the community, and they can enjoy the sounds of Christmas,” said Randy Heller of Kiski Township, who plays flute and joined the band last year.

“I feel this community underuses the band,” Heller added. “A lot of people don’t know we’re here, and if they are interested in playing they should join.”

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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