III MEF Band presents holiday concert series Dec. 7-9

by III Marine Expeditionary Force
Stripes Okinawa

As Christmastime draws near, preoccupation with travel plans, gifts, and visiting with family tend to make “the most wonderful time of the year” the most stressful. Classic seasonal films, such as “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” remind us of some of the deeper meaning of the holidays, which mean something just a little different for everyone.

This holiday season, the III MEF Band presents Sergeant Scrooge’s Okinawa Christmas, a musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” parodying military life, as the story’s protagonist, Sergeant Scrooge, realizes his true value as a Marine. Hosted by Sergeant Ryan Van Gosen, the program will feature many traditional and popular pieces, including “Christmastime is Here,” music from the film “The Polar Express,” “This Christmas,” and “O Holy Night.” The program concludes with an invitation to guests to sing along during Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival.”

This year’s Christmas Concert Series marks Sergeant Van Gosen’s second consecutive year as host. As the writer of this particular show, Sergeant Van Gosen hopes to convey to audiences that “Christmas isn’t about what you receive, it’s about what you’ve done and the impact you’ve made…and, of course, presents.”

Join the III MEF Band for the holidays at Kin Town Community Hall on December 6th, 2017 at 7:30pm and at Foster Theater from December 7th - 9th, 2017 at 7:30pm. Local nationals are invited to attend performances on the evenings of the 6th and 8th. Please visit the III MEF Band Hall, located on Camp Foster between Ocean Breeze and Foster Community Center, for tickets. All shows are free of charge. Call DSN 645-3919 or 098-970-3919 for more information.

Happy Holidays!

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