Free holiday concert at Fort Lee open to public

Photo by Kathryn C. Weigel
Photo by Kathryn C. Weigel

Fort Lee's traditional holiday concert featuring the 392nd Army Band is slated for 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Lee Theater. It's free and open to the public, and tickets are not required.

The 40 Fort Lee musicians will also perform a free public concert Dec. 8, 7 p.m., at the Smithfield Community Center, 220 N. Church St., Smithfield.

Last year, the popular concert filled Memorial Chapel to capacity, and the Smithfield performance drew an audience of 300.

"The concept for this year's concert was to put together a line-up to showcase the band in a variety of styles that would be entertaining and uplifting for the audience," said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Chuck Vollherbst, the band's director.

"The repertoire will include New Orleans jazz, big band music and country as well as traditional holiday favorites," he added.

Varied selections of traditional holiday music will be performed to celebrate Among the offerings will be "Hanukkah Highlights," a medley of traditional Jewish music, and Glenn Miller's arrangement of "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson.

Also on the program will be the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's rock version of "Carol of the Bells" and Mannheim Steamroller's arrangement of "Deck the Halls."

Staff Sgt. Terra Allen will sing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which was composed and written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane.

Guest vocalist Rich Moore, a retired bandsman and local artist, will be featured singing "It Must Have Been Ol' Santa Claus" by Harry Connick Jr. and "Zat You, Santa Claus?" as popularized by Louis Armstrong.

Allen and Moore will sing "Christmas in the Hills," a medley of traditional songs delivered with a blue grass twist.

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Fort Lee visitors are reminded that access to the post requires a state or federal photo identification card for all individuals age 18 or older. The Sisisky Avenue Gate on Route 36 is now the installation's main entrance.