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ANG Band of the Northeast performs annual holiday concert

Major Joseph Denti, commander of the Air National Guard of the Northeast, conducts the band during its annual holiday concert December 16, 2018, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The concert was free and open to the public and featured a 35-piece wind-ensemble performing several winter and holiday-themed songs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Rachel Loftis/Released)

Major Joseph Denti, commander of the Air National Guard of the Northeast, conducts the band during its annual holiday concert December 16, 2018, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The concert was free and open to the public and featured a 35-piece wind-ensemble performing several winter and holiday-themed songs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Rachel Loftis/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Alexander Plotin plays the bassoon during a holiday concert with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast December 16, 2018, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Plotin was one of three augmentees from the Texas Air National Guard Band of the Southwest selected to play during the concert.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Rachel Loftis/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Alexander Plotin plays the bassoon during a holiday concert with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast December 16, 2018, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Plotin was one of three augmentees from the Texas Air National Guard Band of the Southwest selected to play during the concert. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Rachel Loftis/Released)

The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast performs its annual holiday concert December 16, 2018, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The concert featured a 35-piece wind-ensemble and was free and open to the public. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Rachel Loftis/Released)

The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast performs its annual holiday concert December 16, 2018, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The concert featured a 35-piece wind-ensemble and was free and open to the public. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Rachel Loftis/Released)

Staff Sgt. Megan May, vocalist with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, performs during the band’s annual holiday concert December 16, 2018, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The concert was free to the public and featured many winter and holiday-themed songs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Rachel Loftis/Released)

Staff Sgt. Megan May, vocalist with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, performs during the band’s annual holiday concert December 16, 2018, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The concert was free to the public and featured many winter and holiday-themed songs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Rachel Loftis/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Katie Brenneman, a clarinet player with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, rehearses Nov. 17, 2018, for the band’s upcoming annual holiday concert. The concert band will be performing several winter and holiday-themed songs. This year’s concert is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 3 p.m. and is free to the public. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Claire Behney/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Katie Brenneman, a clarinet player with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, rehearses Nov. 17, 2018, for the band’s upcoming annual holiday concert. The concert band will be performing several winter and holiday-themed songs. This year’s concert is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 3 p.m. and is free to the public. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Claire Behney/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Amy Chicavich (center) and Staff Sgt. Megan May (right), vocalists with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, and Maj. Joseph Denti (left), commander and conductor of the band, rehearse Nov. 17, 2018, for the band’s annual holiday concert. The concert is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 3 p.m. and will feature the 35-piece wind-ensemble Concert Band performing several winter and holiday-themed songs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Claire Behney/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Amy Chicavich (center) and Staff Sgt. Megan May (right), vocalists with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, and Maj. Joseph Denti (left), commander and conductor of the band, rehearse Nov. 17, 2018, for the band’s annual holiday concert. The concert is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 3 p.m. and will feature the 35-piece wind-ensemble concert band performing several winter and holiday-themed songs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Claire Behney/Released)

Master Sgt. Andrew Callo, a clarinet player with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, rehearses Nov. 17, 2018, for the band’s upcoming annual holiday concert. The concert band will be performing several winter and holiday-themed songs on Dec. 16 at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 3 p.m. The concert is free to the public. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Claire Behney/Released)

Master Sgt. Andrew Callo, a clarinet player with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, rehearses Nov. 17, 2018, for the band’s upcoming annual holiday concert. The concert band will be performing several winter and holiday-themed songs on Dec. 16 at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 3 p.m. The concert is free to the public. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Claire Behney/Released)

Airman 1st Class Stacey Chou, a flute player with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, rehearses Nov. 17, 2018, for the band’s upcoming annual holiday concert. The band has been preparing and practicing for the concert since mid-summer. The holiday concert is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 3 p.m. and is free to the public. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Claire Behney/Released)

Airman 1st Class Stacey Chou, a flute player with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, rehearses Nov. 17, 2018, for the band’s upcoming annual holiday concert. The band has been preparing and practicing for the concert since mid-summer. The holiday concert is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 3 p.m. and is free to the public. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Claire Behney/Released)

Master Sgt. Jeremy Buss, a french horn player with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, rehearses Nov. 17, 2018, for the band’s upcoming annual holiday concert. The concert is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 3 p.m. and will feature the 35-piece wind-ensemble Concert Band performing several winter and holiday-themed songs. The concert is free and open to the public. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Claire Behney/Released)

Master Sgt. Jeremy Buss, a french horn player with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, rehearses Nov. 17, 2018, for the band’s upcoming annual holiday concert. The concert is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 3 p.m. and will feature the 35-piece wind-ensemble concert band performing several winter and holiday-themed songs. The concert is free and open to the public. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Claire Behney/Released)

Airman 1st Class Alexander Stewart, a percussionist with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, rehearses Nov. 17, 2018, for the band’s upcoming annual holiday concert. The concert is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 3 p.m. and will feature the 35-piece wind-ensemble concert band performing several winter and holiday-themed songs. Admission is free and open to the public. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Claire Behney/Released)
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Airman 1st Class Alexander Stewart, a percussionist with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, rehearses Nov. 17, 2018, for the band’s upcoming annual holiday concert. The concert is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 3 p.m. and will feature the 35-piece wind-ensemble concert band performing several winter and holiday-themed songs. Admission is free and open to the public. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Claire Behney/Released)

ANNVILLE, Pa. --

The Airmen of the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast put the crowd in the holiday mood Dec. 16, 2018, as they performed their annual holiday concert at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg. The concert was free and open to the public.

“We always want to do a big holiday concert and really reach our local community members who support the military, Middletown and Fort Indiantown Gap,” said Master Sgt. Brian Stike, trumpet player and first sergeant with the band.

This annual holiday concert required several months of preparation for the 35-piece wind-ensemble concert band, based at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pennsylvania, and assigned to the 193rd Special Operations Wing.

“We start rehearsing our holiday music in July or August and practice every day of drill for three to four hours minimum per day,” said Stike. “We also have small ensembles and sectionals that rehearse during drill, and we ask our personnel to take the instruments home and work on the music individually.”

However, there’s also more than rehearsing that goes into preparing to take the stage for the holiday concert, explained Stike. He credits the band’s operations and public affairs teams for the amount of hard work they put in to coordinate this event.

This specific event is one that the band’s operations team researches and carefully selects the venue for. They also field hundreds of requests for performances throughout the year, explained Airman 1st Class Kenneth Ayer, a saxophone player and member of the band’s operations and public affairs teams.

“Since we’ve participated in more high-profile performances with the Langley and Travis Air Force Bases, we’ve been getting a lot more performance requests,” Ayer said.

One of Ayer’s roles on the operations team is to log and process all performance requests for the band’s commander and operations team to review and determine which they can support based on scheduling and personnel availability.

Ayer is also part of the band’s public affairs team, which started working with the 2018 holiday concert host late in the summer to start marketing for the performance.

The holiday concert featured a few crowd favorites and several winter-themed classics.

To learn more about the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast visit: https://www.music.af.mil/Bands/ANG-Band-of-the-Northeast/.