Originally created 12/01/05

Army band delivers musical gift to the community



The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will present its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

"This is the band's Christmas gift to the community," said Pat Buchholz, Fort Gordon's strategic management officer. "The community does so much for the band; they wanted to give back."

The annual holiday concert will feature Christmas and Hanukkah songs. Not only will instrumental music be highlighted, but some of the band members will sing during the event.

"There are some good voices in the band," she said.

There also will be a sing-a-long to some of the tunes.

Ms. Buchholz said there will be a special holiday guest at the concert.

The holiday concert has been a tradition for many years, she said. It moved to First Baptist Church about four years ago and said the venue is great for the concert.

"There's a lot of space. Along with the sanctuary, you have the balcony.

It's handicapped accessible," she said. "It's always so beautifully decorated. It adds so much to the performance."

The concert is free, but a ticket is needed. Ms. Buchholz said this gives organizers a good system to get a head count.

Anyone without tickets would be admitted on a space-available basis.

"Ticket holders get first seating," she said.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

If You Go



What: U.S. Army Signal Corps Band's annual holiday concert



When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8



Where: First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way



Cost: Free, but a ticket is needed for admission; tickets available at Georgia Bank and Trust branches, the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Fort Gordon Credit UnionPhone: 791-3752