USA East Music BULLETIN - WINTER 2019/20 - ISSUE 4 - Page 14

By Jennifer Bennett, Lowell Citadel Corps, MA DECEMBER 8, 2019 — The Massachusetts Division held its annual Sounds of Christmas concert, lead by B/M Matthew Luhn, on December 8th. The program included a delightful mix of sacred and secular Christmas music by Mass Brass, MASS Chorus, the Brockton Timbrel Brigade, and the Lawrence Dance Team. Solo performances included a dance by Joseph Seymour of Brockton, a vocal solo by Mahala Nelson of Plymouth, a piano solo by S/L Jennifer Bennett of Lowell, and a cornet solo by Katelyn Knickerbocker of Quincy accompanied by the band. Guest vocalist Lydia Harrell, a Boston area performer and voice professor at Berklee College of Music, shared Christmas standards accompanied by her jazz quartet. The audience thrilled to her performance and gave her a standing ovation. Throughout the evening the auditorium was filled with the joyful sounds of the season as the congregation joined with the band for the singing of Christmas carols. The musical offerings were complimented by a dramatic presentation by Drew Forster 14 • USA EAST MUSIC BULLETIN | W I N T E R 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 of the Boston Kroc Center and a series of vignettes by Major Marcus Jugenheimer titled “In the Shadow of the Manger.” The second half of the program ended with a grand finale performance of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” with participation by the band, chorus, congregation, and Ms. Harrell. After words of appreciation and the benediction the evening concluded with the band playing the iconic band arrangement “Christmas Joy.” ■ W W W. M U S I C . S A CO N N E C T S . O R G