The Zionsville Concert Band, along with the Castlewood Singers, will present the annual Christmas Kaleidoscope on at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec.8, in the sanctuary of the Zionsville United Methodist Church, 9644 Whitestown Road, Zionsville. The entire Zionsville community and surrounding areas are invited to join in this free musical celebration, and no tickets are required.

The title of this year’s concert is “A Musical Offering of Christmas and Hanukkah.” The band and choir will each perform their own selections and then combine for a presentation of Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival” and, as an inspiring grand finale, the “Hallelujah Chorus” from the epic oratorio “The Messiah” by George Frederic Handel.

Zionsville Concert Band’s Music Director John Richardson may be reached at 317-727-4667 for more information about the concert or, if you are an experienced, adult musician interested in community service through music, about volunteering to play with the band beginning next year.

John Richardson has served as the Zionsville Concert Band’s Music Director since the organization’s inception 18 years ago. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music with a focus on French horn and piano, and master’s of music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. John was a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and was French horn soloist in the White House Orchestra. He retired from Christ Lutheran Church of Zionsville where he served as organist and pianist, and earlier had been the music director, conductor of the hand bell choir, and director of the classical and contemporary instrumental ensembles. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Indiana Wind Symphony and the Indianapolis Municipal Band, and he conducted the band that assembled for the Bohumir Kryl Project at Wabash College’s Visiting Artist Series. In addition to teaching piano and band instruments, Richardson is a member of the board of directors of the Indianapolis Brass Choir. On Sundays he is one of the organists for church services at Hoosier Village Chapel and at Trinity Lutheran Church of Lebanon.

Steve Jones, assistant conductor, attended the Jordan School of Music at Butler University, where he was principal euphonium player for the Butler Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. He played with the 6th US Army Band and has extensive experience in dinner and musical theater. Jones holds the position of music director for the Zionsville Christian Church and provides private piano lessons.

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