The Creston Community Band in a fall 2013 Creston Valley Music Teachers Association concert.

The Creston Community Band in a fall 2013 Creston Valley Music Teachers Association concert.

Creston Community Band hosting annual Christmas concert

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The Creston Community Band is pleased to welcome all to its second Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 (doors open at 7). Come and enjoy an evening of favourite Christmas music at the St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church hall.

Sing along with guest MC Vern Gorham and listen to special guests Kokanee Brass with Donnie Clark. St. Stephen’s will operate a concession with tables set about for a relaxed intimate atmosphere. Concession proceeds will go to a selected charity.

The present Creston Community Band was formed in 1989 by a small group of dedicated musicians who saw a real need to provide appropriate music at various town functions. Band members come from all parts of the community and even as far away as Cranbrook. The band even has a bit of international flair with one of its members making the journey from Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Under the direction of Monte Anderson, the Creston Community Band has a large repertoire that includes up-beat swing, jazz, Dixie, film and television tunes, Broadway hits, classical, traditional and dance tunes, playing something for all musical types and tastes.

The band is always looking for new members. Some present members had not played an instrument for 30-plus years and were amazed at how quickly it all came back. So, if you are a recent player or have not played since school (however long ago that was), from piccolo to tuba, the band will help you get back into the ‘”swing” of things.

The band has recently moved to St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church hall where it can store its music library, drums, stands and other equipment. The move allows it to practice and perform in the same location, although it will continue to support local functions.

The band rehearses Mondays at St. Stephen’s (306 Northwest Blvd.) at 7 p.m. Visit to learn more and see what it has been doing.