The Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band is gearing up for its two performances at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC).

Brendan Anderson, music director, said during the two performances the band will be playing songs from different genres of music, and will also play some holiday jingles.

Last year, the band decided to have two performances to meet the high volume of attendees.

“We found that our audience was getting bigger than the room could hold, so we decided to split into two concerts to allow more people to come,” Anderson said. “It’s been a great time over there.”

The band has been conducting these performances at the ARC dating back to since their first year as a group in 1991.

The Ahwatukee Concert Band, consisting of 85 members, meets once a week to rehearse and has been preparing for the two performances at the ARC since August.

Anderson enjoys hosting these types of performances because he is able to work alongside dedicated band members who show passion in their music, and interact with the audience by making a connection with them through music.

“It’s not just a concert. It’s something that the audience can interact with, and be involved with and feel by the end of the night we are all in one big room making music together,” he said.

The Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band will be performing on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. in the ARC’s ballroom, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive.

It will be a free event, but donations will be accepted to go towards the Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band.

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