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Faye Burdett President

Stacey Mixon Vice President

Robert Schwartz Treasurer

Monte Bateman Secretary

Rosalyn Mathis Librarian

Matt Ryan Student Representative

2004 Concert Schedule

April 24 Panoply Festival of the Arts - Huntsville

May 31 Memorial Day Celebration, Veterans Park - Madison

June 7 Gazebo Concert – Madison

July 1 Point Mallard Park - Decatur

July 12 Concerts by the River - Decatur

October 2 Madison Street Festival - Madison

November 6 Host of Christmas Past - Fayetteville, TN

December 3 Madison Community Christmas Concert - Bob Jones HS


onight's Master of Ceremonies is Rev. Fred Webster, the founding pastor of Grace United Methodist Church. He has served throughout North Alabama for 22 years, along with his wife Rev. Dorothy Ann Webster. They have two boys, Tom and Matt. Fred did his undergraduate work at Birmingham-Southern College and his graduate work at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.


The Madison Community Band wishes to recognize the following groups and individuals whose support and dedication have helped make our 2003 Concert Season a huge success:

  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church for providing MCB with a wonderful rehearsal area and equipment storage space

  • Lowe’s for providing the poinsettias decorating the stage for tonight’s concert

  • Bob Jones High School

  • Host of Christmas Past and Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce

  • The citizens of Madison for their continuing support

  • Our families for their constant support as we realize our dream of making music

  • Al Gilbert for handling our Christmas concert sound/lighting

  • Colleen Fryer for being our adopted band Mom

  • Our student members who represent six different schools!

  • Jennifer Geary-Muller ( for graphics design

The Bells of Christmas

Tonight’s program includes a compelling and powerful musical arrangement built around the poem “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” The following information provides context for this piece and may give you additional insight into the poem and the music.

One of America's best-known poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, composed the words to "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" on December 25th, 1864. When Longfellow penned the words to his poem, America was still months away from Lee's surrender to Grant in April, 1865. His poem reflected the despair of the war’s prior years, while ending with a confident hope of triumphant peace. Indeed, Longfellow wrote from his own experience of tragedy during the war; he lost his wife in July, 1861, and in late 1863 received word that his oldest son Charles, a lieutenant in the Army of the Potomac, had been severely wounded and left crippled. What you may not know is that the carol we sing today does not contain the same words that Longfellow originally wrote. The carol was originally a poem called “Christmas Bells,” that contained seven stanzas. In a later revision, the fourth and fifth stanzas of the original poem, which contained specific references to the American Civil War, were eliminated. In 1872, John Baptiste Calkin rearranged the poem, replacing the last stanza with the third, and set it to the familiar tune we sing today. Longfellow’s original poem is printed below.

I heard the bells on Christmas day  Then from each black, accursed mouth

Their old familiar carols play, The cannon thundered in the south

And wild and sweet, And with the sound

The words repeat The carols drowned 

Of peace on earth, good will to men. Of peace on earth good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,  It was as if an earthquake rent 

The belfries of all Christendom  The hearthstones of a continent

Had rolled along  And made forlorn

The unbroken song  The households born

Of peace on earth, good will to men. Of peace on earth good will to men.

Till ringing, singing, on it's way, And in despair I bowed my head 

The world revolved from night to day, "There is no peace on earth," I said, 

A voice, a chime "For hate is strong 

A chant sublime And mocks the song 

Of peace on earth good will to men. Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: 
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; 
The wrong shall fail,
The right prevail 
With peace on earth, good will to men."


Emmanuel Singers

‘Children’s Fun Bells’

This energetic ensemble consists of third and fourth graders from Asbury United Methodist Church, directed by Melissa Campbell and Karen Pudelski. They rehearse and perform regularly and take pride in sharing God’s love with the community. They are a special joy and inspire the child in all of us to cherish Christmas in its purest form. Although they usually perform as a singing group, they will entertain us tonight with “Fun Bells”. Covering a single octave in range, these uniformly sized bells are designed for playing chords as coordinated by color flashcards.

Huntsville Community

Children’s Chorus

Anne Chelekis, Founder and Director
Shelli K. Rimes, Accompanist • Lindsay Giambrone, Asst. Accompanist
The Huntsville Community Children’s Chorus (HC3) was established in the fall of 1995 under the auspices of the Huntsville Community Chorus Association.  Open to all students in grades 4-9 with unchanged voices, the Chorus is dedicated to promoting choral singing among area youth through the study and performance of the finest music literature, including folk songs, carols, canons and works by major composers.

HC3 strives to provide a variety of performing experiences for the singers, as well as for the audience, such as fully staged productions of operettas Hansel and Gretel and H.M.S. Pinafore and a concert at the Alabama Music Educators Convention in Tuscaloosa.  HC3 singers also participate in the Young Voices Festival at Auburn University. In addition to the regular concert schedule, HC3 is available for community performances and events.  Requests for an HC3 performance may be made by calling Anne Chelekis at (256) 461-6057.



The Madison Community Band is a 501(c)(3) organization composed of musicians ranging in age from middle school to retirees. Members come from Madison and the surrounding communities. The band was incorporated in September 1993 and provides music for civic and cultural events. The mission of the Madison Community Band is to:

* Promote music and the arts throughout the Middle Tennessee Valley.

* Continue the heritage of the Community Concert Band in America.

* Encourage the youth in our community to become directly involved in musical performance and community service.

* Provide members with the opportunity for individual musical expression, enjoyment and growth.

In our short history, the band has been honored to perform 80 concerts at 26 different locations throughout North Alabama and South Central Tennessee! The list below is just a small reflection of the rich heritage of our mission statement in action.

* In December 1993, MCB established the annual Madison Community Christmas Concert. Since its beginning, the concert has provided more than 20 different performing groups and individuals the opportunity to share their talents with our community.

* MCB actively recruits students at all levels of education. We currently have students from three middle schools, two high schools, and two universities in the band!

* In 2000 and 2001, MCB sponsored Cornet Soloist Steve Charpie from California. Mr. Charpie spent a total of two weeks in North Alabama holding clinics in eight schools and a recital at UAH.

* In April, MCB sponsored the formation of a Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter at Bob Jones High School. 61 students from the Band and Choral programs were inducted into this honor society at its first induction ceremony!

* In August, MCB established a Scholarship Program for high school students participating in the band. The scholarship program is open to all juniors and seniors meeting the eligibility criteria.

If you would like to become a member of this dynamic organization, please contact Dave Ryan at (256) 461-0028 or by visiting our web site,
Guest Soloist - Dr. Carolyn Sanders


r. Carolyn Sanders is currently an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She joined the faculty in 1990 upon completion of the Doctor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Florida State University. She received her Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri, and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Sanders is active as a recitalist and clinician throughout the South, as well as Europe, and is the former Principal Trumpet of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Her current teaching duties include studio trumpet, music history, music theory, and conductor of the UAH Wind Ensemble. She is a 1998 recipient of the UAH Award for Distinguished Teaching, and holds memberships in Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Society, College Music Society, International Trumpet Guild, and the Historic Brass Society. Dr. Sanders has studied with noted performers such as Boyde Hood and Rob Roy McGregor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bryan Goff of Florida State University, Betty Scott of the University of Missouri, and Arnold Jacobs, retired tubist of the Chicago Symphony. She has also studied Baroque trumpet with Edward Tarr of Basil, Switzerland. As a result of her research on Baroque composers, Dr. Sanders has edited several compositions that have been published by Musica Rara of Monteux, France.

They know that Santa's on his way.

He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh.

And every mother's child is gonna spy

To see if reindeer really know how to fly.

And so I'm offering this simple phrase,

To kids from one to ninety-two.

Although it's been said many times, many ways

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you!

We Need a Little Christmas

Haul out the holly.

Put up the tree before my spirit falls again.

Fill up the stocking.

I may be rushing things, but

Deck the halls again now.

For we need a little Christmas

Right this very minute,

Candles in the window,

Carols at the Spinnet.

Yes, we need a little Christmas

Right this very minute,

It hasn’t snowed a single flurry,

But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry.

Climb down the chimney,

Turn on the brightest string of lights I’ve ever seen.

Slice up the fruitcake.

It’s time we hung some tinsel

On the evergreen bough.
For I’ve grown a little leaner,

Grown a little colder, grown a little sadder,

Grown a little older. And I need a little angel

Sitting on my shoulder

Need a little Christmas now.
For we need a little music,

Need a little laughter,

Need a little singing,

Ringing through the rafter.

And we need a little snappy

Happy Everafter.’


eed a little Christmas,

Need a little Christmas,

Need a little Christmas, Now!”


It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,

Ev'rywhere you go

Take a look in the five-and-ten,

Glistening once again,

With candy canes and silver lanes aglow!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,

Toys in ev'ry store.

But the prettiest sight to see

Is the holly that will be

On your own front door.
A pair of hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots

Is the wish of Barney and Ben.

Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk

Is the hope of Janice and Jen.

And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,

Ev'rywhere you go

There's a tree in the Grand Hotel,

One in the park as well,

The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,

Soon the bells will start.

And the thing that will make them ring,

Is the carol that you sing,

Right within your heart.
The Christmas Song
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,

Jack Frost nipping at your nose.

Yuletide carols being sung by a choir,

And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

Ev’rybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe,

Help to make the season bright.

Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow,

Will find it hard to sleep tonight.


Kate Janssen, Founder
Madison Children's Theatre is a non-profit organization committed to presenting family oriented theatre productions to Madison and the surrounding communities. Madison Children's Theatre's goal is to actively involve all ages in the Theatre Arts experience.

Madison Children's Theatre's School of Cultural & Performing Arts is designed to provide an innovative and high quality performing arts education. The Cultural & Performing Arts School strives to create an environment where students are encouraged to express themselves to the best of their ability in a fun and enjoyable way.

The Littlest Angel

There was, in Paradise, a most unruly small girl known throughout Heaven as the Littlest Angel. She sang off-key and her halo was tarnished. Then she meets the Understanding Angel and explains how difficult it is for a girl who suddenly finds herself transformed into an angel and that she's unhappy because she longs for a box of toys that she left under her bed. A Heavenly Messenger brings the box and the Littlest Angel is overjoyed. But hers isn't the only joy in Heaven, for Jesus is to be born. The Littlest Angel has only one thing to give and she places her box among the other splendid presents. It shines out from the heavens, becoming what men will forever call the Shining Star of Bethlehem.


Gate Keepers: Chris Bell, Currie Brown Littlest Angel: Genna Nunley

Patriarch Prophet: Janie Alexander Flying Master: Karl Kiesler

Choir Master: Danielle Luvall Understanding Angel: Maddie Wade

Heavenly Messenger: Shige' Clark Sixth Angel: Ana Albyn

Angel 1: Kali O'Rourke Angel 2: Yvonne Bowman

Angel 3: Lauren Beggs Angel 4: Anna Goggans

Angel 5 Jennifer Falls Matron Angel: Brianna Darby

Voice: Jimmy Hollingshead

Student Director: Morgan Wilson

Assistant Stage Manager: Phillip Schrimscher

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Read by Van Funderburk

Madison Children’s Theatre

The Littlest Angel
Emmanuel Singers – Children’s Fun Bells
Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson

The Bells of Christmas – Robert Longfield

Narrated by Bryan Cobb

Concertpiece – James Curnow

Dr. Carolyn Sanders, Soloist, Trumpet

Twas in the Moon of Wintertime – Traditional; arr. Robert W. Smith

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Albert Hague, Eugene Poddany; arr. Larry Clark

Fantasia on a Hymn by Praetorius – Arr. Robert E. Foster

Greensleeves – Traditional; arr. Alfred Reed

Christmas Recollections – Arr. John Edmondson

Ave Maria- Charles Gounod; arr. L.P. Laurendeau

Dr. Carolyn Sanders, Soloist, Flugelhorn

Bugler’s Holiday – Leroy Anderson

A Christmas Portrait – Arr. Jerry Nowak

Sing-a-long medley - words listed in program

Huntsville Community Children’s Chorus

Sing dem Herrn - Michael Praetorius; arr. Wallace DePue
S'vivon - Hebrew Folk song; arr. Betty Bertaux
Silver Bells - Jay Livingston and Jay Harris
The Holly and the Ivy - English carol; arr. Nick Page
Duet From Cantata #15 (Laughing and Shouting for Joy) J.S. Bach
Die Heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - Franz Gruber
Minka - Russian Folk song; arr. Jill Ann Jones
Christmas Time Is Here - Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi; arr. Teena Chin
Light Up the Tree - Hank Beebe
We Wish You a Merry Christmas - English carol


Madison Community Christmas Concert

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