Cameron Municipal Band celebrates holidays with annual Christmas concert
The Cameron Municipal Band hosted hundreds as part of their annual Holiday Concert Sunday inside the Cameron United Methodist Church.
With seating nearly filled to capacity, the dozens of professional musicians, music teachers and students comprising the Cameron Municipal Band, spectators heard a few traditional songs, and even a few new additional during Sunday’s concert.
“It’s very special. It’s hard to understand that when you’ve been around it your whole life like I have. I have been in many communities that would not even sniff this [complexity] of music. I hope Cameronites don’t take it for granted. I doubt that they do because of some of the comments I get back, but people love this band,” CMB Director Ann Goodwin Clark said.
This year marks the second consecutive year the Cameron Municipal Band hosted its holiday concert, due to cancellations because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the years, the annual holiday concert has become a tradition in Cameron. That was apparent Sunday with cars filling the CUMC parking lot
“This holiday concert is a gift to all of us in the band. We love it,” “It always comes at a busy, busy time,” Goodwin Clark said. “We always think we have this on Saturday, this on Sunday, then we all get here and get together. It’s just fabulous. By the time the concert is over, we think, let’s play more.”
The concert not only catered to the adults in attendance, but added a few new favorite tunes for Cameron kids. The band also received a visit from Santa Claus, who posed for pictures with area kids while also hearing what they want for Christmas.
“We added the highlights from ‘Frozen’ because I knew there would be a lot of kids here. Kids love ‘Frozen’ so I thought we had better program for the kids ... We don’t change a lot, but we have a library of about 25 Christmas tunes that we switch,” Goodwin Clark said.