Fostoria bands join for holiday show

FOSTORIA – This weekend, Fostoria Community Band and Fostoria High School Concert Band are coming together for the first time to present “A Fostoria Christmas Festival.”

This is the first time the bands are joining forces.

Under the direction of Craig McKenzie, the Fostoria Community band is a group of about 45 members ranging from high school students to retirees. The high school band is led by Director Steve Kauffman and Associate Director Bridget Olenik.

McKenzie said they decided to join the talents of the bands when members of FCB wanted to do more outreach to students.

“We wanted to reach out more to the schools to create lifelong performers,” McKenzie said.

The band spent three days with the fifth- and sixth-grade band students and, McKenzie said they wanted to go a step further.

The program is to feature performances from the bands individually on musical selections such as “Fanfare for Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Bugler’s Holiday,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “We Need a Little Christmas” and “Fantasia on ‘We Three Kings.'”

McKenzie said these selections are not traditional arrangements of holiday songs.

The community band and high school concert band will join for “Selections from the Nutcracker Suite.” and a Christmas sing-along with the audience.

The Tuba Family Players also are to perform.

A song is to be dedicated to Bob Feisel, who died earlier this year.

“Bob has been a longtime pillar in the music community of Fostoria,” McKenzie said.

Performances are set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Wainwright Performing Arts Center at the Fostoria High School.