The Fredericksburg Community Concert Band Fall Concert was held on Nov. 15 at Massaponax High School.

The program included “The Homefront: Musical Memories From World War II,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Prologue, Prayer, and Dream Pantomime” from the opera “Hansel and Gretel”—music provided by John Nelson in commemoration of Dr. Wyatt Thompson, who died on Aug. 7.

I was struck by the high caliber and professionalism of the band, comprising some 65 members, many of whom had been playing together since 1998.

The program included guest soloist performances by Raymond Scott, director of the UMW Eagle Pipe Band, and Molly Spangenberg, an elementary music teacher, both playing the euphonium.

Conductor Christopher Fens introduced the pieces and produced extensive program notes that enhanced one’s appreciation of the performances.

Also conducting was associate conductor Ken A. Lips-comb, a retired high school band director who served in Spotsylvania for 41 years with many accolades.

With such excellent leadership, it is no wonder that their high endeavors echoed so clearly!

It was an enjoyable and unforgettable evening. The concert was recorded and is available to purchase on CD.

The FCCB also generously supports The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary in their mission to provide musical opportunities to disadvantaged youth by providing them with instruments, tuition and opportunities to perform.

The FCCB will perform a Christmas Concert in the Spotsylvania Towne Centre on Dec. 17, 7–9 p.m., by the Food Court. It promises to be a stellar concert with excellent acoustics.

Helen Meinhardt


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