Bartow Winds to perform ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ Dec. 8
by Marie Nesmith
Nov 27, 2012 | 1062 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For percussionist Larry Windsor, performing in the Bartow Winds Community Concert Band’s “The Spirit of Christmas” offering will be a challenging, yet fulfilling, endeavor.

“Being in percussion, [means I am] playing so many different toys,” said the Cartersville resident, who joined the Bartow Winds in 2009. “There’s whistles, there’s cowbells, there’s cymbals, there’s ratchets and whips and sleigh bells — just anything you can imagine being in Christmas music,” said Windsor, a 56-year-old Cartersville resident, who joined the Bartow Winds more than three years ago. “One of the pieces we’re playing is ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’

“If you’ve ever watched the cartoon, you hear all these different sounds in the background coming from percussion. And we have the same equipment, the same noise, the same toys. It’s very fun and there’s a couple of pieces that you’ve played forever, like ‘Sleigh Ride.’ I’ve been playing [that] since I was in junior high.”

To be held Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., the Christmas concert will be performed at Trinity United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, 814 West Ave. in Cartersville.

“Everybody loves just to come out and hear concert music. It’s just the time of season,” said Michael Elzey, Bartow Winds’ conductor. “[The majority] of the music that we’ll be performing [will be] ... familiar Christmas tunes.

“We’re doing ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ where we will be featuring Erin Knowles who is a senior at Woodland High School. [She is] a very, very talented singer. We’ll end the concert, of course, with ‘Sleigh Ride’ like we always do. And we’ll also be doing a piece that’s kind of familiar but not. It’s called ‘Christmas Day’ and that’s a fantasy of old Christmas carols.”

Formed in 2009, Bartow Winds provides an outlet for youth and adults to foster their musical talents. Currently, the group features about 45 active members, ranging from middle school students to 50-year-old musicians.

While there will be no charge to attend “The Spirit of Christmas” concert, donations will be accepted to support the four high school band programs in Bartow County and Cartersville.

“The Bartow Winds was originally founded by Michael Elzey and David Snipes,” Windsor said. “David is the band director at Cartersville High and now Michael is the assistant band director at Cartersville Middle. And in addition to that, the other band directors, like Mack Roberts at Cass High and Eric Willoughby at Woodland High, have all helped either by lending us equipment or getting their kids to come play with us in the band.

“[So] what we do is we take any donations we get and give back to their programs so they can buy music, equipment, whatever they need. [This is about] keeping them interested in the band and then hopefully continuing once they graduate.”

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