Ole Brook Wind Symphony concert is Tuesday night

Published 8:49 pm Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Ole Brook Wind Symphony is once again blowing through Brookhaven. The annual concert will be held at Easthaven Baptist Church Tuesday at 7 p.m.

“We would like the public to come and enjoy an evening of Christmas cheer and music at the church,” Director Leroy Smith said.

It won’t just be the traditional Christmas tunes, though, and the concert promises to have a little something for everybody. Smith said that in addition to the Christmas selection, the program will include traditional band marches, a clarinet choir, swing band jazz arrangements with vocals, and a full concert band.

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“I think we’re gong to have a pretty good variety of music,” Steve Edge said. Edge is a musician for the symphony who plays the tuba. “There’s something there (that people are) going to like.”

The concert is free for the public to attend. The Ole Brook Wind Symphony is a nonprofit organization — though the symphony does take donations to help offset the cost of the production.

Anyone who plays wind or percussion instruments is welcome to the wind symphony. Edge said it’s a haven for musicians who didn’t have anywhere to play anymore.

“Once you get out of high school and college, you’re about done usually,” he said. “This is a way to keep this alive.”

It’s a haven that many people have found their way to. It started in 2001, and the faces have changed over the years, but today there are more than 30 musicians currently in the symphony, from all backgrounds. Ages range all the way from 16 to 88.

“We’ve never turned anybody away,” Edge said.

In addition to the annual Brookhaven concert, the Ole Brook Wind Symphony will also have a concert at the State Theater at 222 State St. in McComb on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.