Rosemount Community Band gave new life to classic holiday songs during the free Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Steeple Center.

The audience sang Christmas carols in an old-fashioned sing-along. Since September 2011, the volunteer group has joined together to play music and inspire.

Under the direction of Conrad Miska, the Genesis Jazz Orchestra performed many arrangements and holiday songs. Solo vocalist Paula Lammers sang "Christmas is My Favorite Time of Year" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

Chuck Brooks, a retired Rosemount High School teacher and author, served as the emcee for the Christmas concert. During a break between the jazz orchestra and the band concert, the audience sang "Happy Birthday" to Brooks who celebrated his birthday Dec. 9.

Directed by John Zschunke, the Rosemount Community Band boasts 60 members. The group serves as a place for post high school and college musicians to continue playing.

Brooks said Rosemount Community Band strives to encourage young musicians to continue using their developed musical skills and talents by playing in concert venues after their formal education ends. The band performs all year throughout the city and surrounding areas.

The band and orchestra draws membership from Rosemount and surrounding areas. The highly-talented group of musicians come from many professions and backgrounds.

Rosemount Community Band is scheduled to perform at 2 p.m. March 10, 2019, at the Rosemount Performing Arts Center. This will be a combined concert with Rosemount High School Wind Ensemble.

The two groups will also perform together March 12, 2019, at Scott Highlands Middle School and April 14, 2019, at Rosemount Steeple Center.

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