The County Line Community Band (CLCB) is scheduled to perform a Christmas Concert, An American Christmas, at the University of the Incarnate Word on Dec. 8. the band has performed holiday concerts in Bexar, Wilson and Atacosca Counties for the past 25 years, and its feature Christmas concert at UIW since 2017. It will be conducted by CLCB Director, Band Master 1st Sgt. U.S. Army (Ret.), Toby Knight.
Local composer and frequent CLCB collaborator Charles Booker has also been invited to conduct his arrangement of “Silent Night.”
“CLCB is very thankful and privileged to perform great free concerts for the community at the Luella Bennack Auditorium on the University of the Incarnate Word campus,” said Knight.
“Our musicians love this time of the year because they have so much fun preparing the wonderful Christmas music arrangements,” added Todd Phillips, President of CLCB.
An American Christmas will be performed on Monday, Dec. 8 at the University of the Incarnate Word’s Luella Bennack Music Center, 4301 Broadway Street. This event is free of charge, but donations are gratefully appreciated.
The CLCB originally began as the Village Band of Floresville in the 1980s and is one of the oldest community bands in the San Antonio area. It was founded by a group of local musicians who wanted to provide free, quality musical performances to the community.
The band is comprised of 35 musicians, ranging in age from 16 to 82. Some of the members of the band are retired music teachers, professional musicians, retired military musicians and students. Based in St. Hedwig, Texas, it is an all volunteer, 501(C)(3) organization.
Knight spent 26 years in the army as a musician deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has established concerts to honor Veterans who have fought and died for our Freedoms. From his WWI centennial concert to a D-Day Remembrance concert, he has ensured that Veterans are honored in a way commensurate with their sacrifice — through music.
“They really make our ceremony special,” remarked John Hafner, the Commander of the American Legion in St. Hedwig.
His most innovative concert was a joint performance with the famed 323rd Army Band from Fort Sam Houston. This concert honored the sacrifices of the men who landed on the beaches on Normandy 75 years ago. Charles Booker composed a new piece for this occasion that debuted at the concert, entitled “Undaunted Courage.”
“No other community band in San Antonio is doing what we are doing.” said Phillips.