The Maple City Band will conclude its 2018 summer season with a holiday themed concert.

The Maple City Band will conclude its 2018 summer season with a holiday themed concert.

“Summer community bands usually don't get to play certain pieces such as Christmas music, so this is a fun change of pace for Maple City Band,” said director Alan Kiser.

Music will include: Michael Jackson's “Thriller” (Halloween), a patriotic piece “To Reap the Blessings of Freedom” (Veterans Day), LeRoy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and “Christmas Festival” (Christmas), “Old Scottish Melody” (New Year’s Eve), Sousa’s “Easter Monday on the White House Lawn March” (Easter) and “The Stars & Stripes Forever” (Independence Day).

A special tuba and euphonium ensemble will be featured on several Christmas carols.

The concert will start at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 with an ice cream social offered that evening by the Geneseo Art League.

The Maple City band is a 501c3 non-profit organizations. Donations to support either the bands operating budget (such as music purchases) or contributions to the MCB endowment fund help the band continue to provide band concerts each summer.

“We have a lot of marches and other favorite pieces that the band rotates through over the years, but we do buy new pieces of music each year to keep things interesting. A typical band piece used to cost around $40 or $50 when I first start directing and but now a new piece costs $80 to $100,” said Kiser.

Donations may be mailed to band treasurer Tonya Miller at 1036 Kadel Dr., Geneseo, IL 61254. Donors will be recognized in the band’s 2019 programs.