III MEF Band presents Annual Christmas Concert Series
By Cpl Matthew Kitzen-Abelson
Palm trees, Mai-Tais and mojitos on white sandy beaches, and 75-degree weather — all in mid-December. The allure of Okinawa during the cooler seasons is tantalizing, but when the Christmastime rolls around, most of us dream of snow, hot chocolate, and cozying up to a crackling fire with our loved ones.
Although the strange weather and the reality of living on a subtropical remote island halfway around the world may leave a void as the holidays approach, music can offer the comforts of Christmas at home.
Join the III MEF Band from Dec. 7th to 10th at Foster Theater for the Annual Christmas Concert Series, and be whisked away to the timeless, mystical realm of Christmas. Under the direction of CWO2 Andres Navarro and GySgt Michael Stanley, the Band will perform traditional favorites, such as “Carol of the Bells,” themes from “The Nutcracker,” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” in a presentation reminiscent of variety shows from the days of Dick Clark and Ed Sullivan.
A total of five ensembles and four soloists will take the stage, with Master of Ceremonies Cpl Ryan Van Gosen guiding listeners through an evening that promises to make Christmas on Okinawa feel like home.
Ticket reservations may be placed in person at the III MEF Band Hall, located on Camp Foster between Ocean Breeze and Foster Community Center, or by calling DSN 645-3919.