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The sound of Christmas

Photos by Julia Miller / The Ole Brook Wind Symphony prepares for concert to be held this Thursday at Easthaven Baptist Church.

Photos by Julia Miller / The Ole Brook Wind Symphony prepares for concert to be held this Thursday at Easthaven Baptist Church.

“Sleigh bells ring are you listening. In the lane, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, oh we’re happy tonight walking in a winter wonderland.”

The Christmas classic “Winter Wonderland” is just one of many songs the Ole Brook Wind Symphony has selected to help concertgoers get in the holiday spirit. The symphony, which was formed in 2001, will be performing their very first Christmas concert Thursday at 7 p.m. at Easthaven Baptist Church.Symphony9NEW

Steve Edge, a tuba player and member of the board of directors for the symphony, said they decided to do a Christmas concert because they thought the community would enjoy it.

“We wanted to excite the community by playing Christmas music,” Edge said. “It puts them in the spirit of the season.”Symphony6NEW

The 30 members range in age from 16 to 84 and boast a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels. Some simply played in high school, and other have master’s degree. The symphony includes many former band directors and allows people throughout the southwest region to continue practicing what they love.

“I can still do it [play the tuba],” Edge said. “I can’t play football anymore.”Symphony3NEW

Edge has played the tuba 51 years and plays on a 50-year-old tuba.

Jane Graves, who has played the clarinet for 45 years, said music is a life-long pursuit.Symphony2NEW

“Music is something, you can do for a lifetime,” she said. “I consider it part of my community service.”

Edge said he personally enjoys practicing more than performing and likes getting to know the other members of the symphony.

“But I know I’m completely different,” he said.

Charlie McCall has been playing the trombone for 60 years and agreed with Edge that fellowship with other members is the best part of being in the symphony. However, he said that he hopes the community has the opportunity to come out and listen to the performance.

“For their own enjoyment, it helps get them in the Christmas spirit,” he said.

Graves said she is looking forward to this week’s concert.

“Practices are fun, you get to meet a lot of people, but the performances are really exciting,” she said.

The symphony is always looking for new members, and people of all skill levels are welcomed. They meet each Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Junior High School band hall.