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MONTCLAIR CHRISTMAS By Thomas Scheibner, Assistant Territorial Music Secretary The Montclair Citadel Band (Bandmaster Charles Baker) held its annual Christmas Benefit Concert to raise funds for the corps homeless shelter on Friday night, December 14, 2018 at Montclair Citadel (New Jersey). Special guests for the evening program were the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus from northern New Jersey and tuba soloist Derek Fenstermacher, presently principal tuba of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and soon to be principal tuba of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Corps Officer Major Brett DeMichael opened the evening with an invocation and introductions followed the opening march by the band, “The Shining Star” (Peter Graham). This has to be one of the most popular Christmas marches published by The Salvation Army as both Salvation Army brass bands and other brass bands throughout the world feature this frequently on Christmas programs. The Orpheus Men’s Chorus joined with the Montclair Band to present an attractive arrangement by Philip Sparke of Bach’s “Sleepers, Wake” chorale. Following this item and then later in the program, the chorus was featured on its own in items including “Angels we have heard on high” arranged by Richard Lane, the group’s fine piano accompanist; “Jingle Bell Rock”, arranged by the group’s director, John Palatucci; and “Good King Wenceslas” (arr. Channing Lefebvre). The chorus sang with Journey) was an arrangement of an item originally composed by Anthony DiLorenzo. This work was commissioned in 2001 by the Carmel (California) Music Society to celebrate the Spanish heritage of the city of Monterey. It tells the story of King Baltazar, one of the biblical three wise men who traveled to visit the baby Jesus. The other composition contributed by Ralph Pearce was entitled “Proclamation of Liberty”. The title derives from the prophecy of Isaiah (61:1) quoted by Jesus at the beginning of His ministry – “To proclaim liberty to the captives.” Several songs are featured, the texts of which were inspired by this scripture: “Hark the glad sound”, “To heal the broken heart he came” and “Come Thou long expected Jesus”. This was the first performance of the revised version of this work. an enthusiastic full-throated sound, and it seemed that they enjoyed their singing as much as the audience enjoyed receiving their contributions. The band contributed several well-received items. Ralph Pearce is a retired Salvation Army Divisional Music Director formerly living in Phoenix, Arizona now living in New Jersey. In addition to playing 2nd trombone in the band, Ralph arranged or composed 2 band items that were featured in this program. The first, “Baltazar (A King’s 14 • USA EAST MUSIC BULLETIN | W I N T E R 2 0 1 9 W W W. M U S I C . S A CO N N E C T S . O R G