Newton's Community Band celebrates songs of Christmas

Photo by Corinne Nicholson 

Photo by Corinne Nicholson 

COVINGTON -- T.K. Adams is already in the holiday spirit.

"It's about time for some Christmas music here in Covington," he says, before announcing that his Newton County Community Band will perform its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Eastside High School auditorium.

The concert will start off on a patriotic note, with the band performing two selections in honor of military service members, which have been on hold since the group's Fourth of July performance was canceled due to inclement weather.

The band will then transition to Christmas music, performing some very familiar tunes such as "Baby, It's Cold Outside;" "The Christmas Song;" "Jingle Bells;" "Silent Night;" and "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." The Oxford Youth Singers will give a special performance during this year's concert as well.

Adams said young and old should enjoy the show.

"I aim to make sure we have pieces that attract every person to be there," he said.

The 60-member band includes participants from eight counties -- Newton, Rockdale, Morgan, Clarke, Bibb, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Walton. The band formed in 1993 and this is its 18th Christmas concert. The band typically performs another show in the spring and at the community Fourth of July celebration.

Members range in age from high school students to senior citizens, the eldest being age 83.

"It's a family," Adams said. "It's a typical community band. There are a lot of cousins, a lot of husbands and wives ... We've got teachers, doctors, ministers, housewives, office workers, all kinds of people. We finally got a barber. Now we've got two."

Adams said his hope is that the audience will leave singing or humming one of the songs and have a little more of the holiday spirit than they did when they arrived.

"If we can get two or three people to do that then we really appreciate it," he said.

The concert is free and open to the community.