Lafayette Concert Band presents holiday show with visit from Santa _lowres

Photo provided by the Lafayette Concert Band -- Billy Hochkeppel will be the guest conductor for the Lafayette Concert Band's concert on Sunday.

The Lafayette Concert Band, under the direction of Gerald Guilbeaux, will present its annual “Christmas Traditions” Concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at The Bayou Church, 2234 Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette. Doors open at 3 p.m.

This holiday concert features French horn soloist Mark Melancon performing “Three Contrasts for Horn and Wind Ensemble” by Claude T. Smith, along with many holiday favorites.

The band also will pay a musical tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor with Jay Bocook’s “At Dawn They Slept” and a salute to the Greatest Generation with “Christmas a la Big Band.”

Other selections will include “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson; “Minor Alterations,” a musical look at Christmas carols in minor keys; along with “Holy Night, Silent Night,“ a new arrangement by Clifton Jameson Jones of two beautiful Christmas anthems.

Santa Claus will visit the audience during the final selection, Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” Guest conductor Billy Hochkeppel will give the audience a preview of the Lafayette Concert Band’s first concert of 2015 with John Philip Sousa’s “Sound Off.”

This concert is the final performance of the 2014 season. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free.

For more information, call (337) 989-1279.