The Band Played On
Article and Photos by Pat Tiemeyer
After weeks of trying to find a location to play their annual Holiday Concert, Fred Gartner, president of the Stuart Community Concert Band was given the opportunity on Saturday, December 5th, to present a Walk-About Concert at the Elliott Museum by museum CEO Rob Steele, president of the Historical Society of Martin County.
The Holiday Concert has been played at the Blake Library for over 20 years with 65 young, older and retired musicians who volunteer their time and talent to bring favorite carols and songs to the community. This year, because of Covid concerns, the library auditorium was not available.
But with Mr. Jim LeBon as their conductor and only 26 members able to play, the smaller band set up on the first floor of the museum and played 14 numbers including beautiful renditions of A Christmas Flourish, Sleighride, A Hanukkah Festival, A Canadian Brass Festival and the kids favorite, I Want a Hippotamus for Christmas which was sung and danced to by trumpet player Angelyssa Linton.
Visitors to the museum were able to view a huge display of unique artwork and paintings of all kinds while listening to live holiday music. And once again, the Palm City Cookie Ladies provided hundreds of homemade cookies and drinks for the visitors.
Susan Sharpe, Kyle Matthews and Chris Ketcham on drums
Band Leader Jim LeBon with the Band
Palm City Cookie Ladies: Doris Hofmann, Pat Tiemeyer, Donna Gans and Yvonne Pryhuber