To get you into the holiday spirit, director John Straube and his all instrumental Madison Community Band are set to perform on Dec. 7 at 7:30 at First Baptist Church. There will be no charge for attendance, but donations are accepted.
The band will be performing a variety of songs ranging from "Carol of Carols" to "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," so there will be something for everyone.
"I try to get a variety of styles so that the concert doesn't all sound the same. I think in terms of keeping the audience engaged," Straube said.
Before he started the Madison Community Band here in Richmond, Straube, who had been a high school director for years, was in a community band in Louisville.
"It seemed like there ought to be a community band here for people to have that outlet and to also have affordable concerts for community people to go to," Straube said.
The Madison Community Band started from the realization that Richmond didn't have anything like it at the time in 2008, said Straube. So he wrote a special article for The Register asking people who might be interested in joining a community band to contact him.
"We got a lot of people who said they would be interested," Straube said.
With the permission from the band director at Madison Central to use his facility, the band began practicing and is now celebrating its 11th year together.
The band performs four concerts during the fall, winter and spring. They practice ever Sunday evening for five weeks before their performances, take about a week off, and then begin practicing again.
Members of the band range from accomplished high school players and up. There are no auditions needed, one just simply contacts Straube and lets him know that they would like to join.
"Let us know you want to come and we will make a place for you," Straube said.
For more information on Madison Community Band, go to their website, https://www.madisoncommunityband.org/.