About 350 Johnstown band students will usher in "The Sounds of the Season," an inaugural holiday concert featuring Johnstown-Monroe Local School District students in grades 6-12.

About 350 Johnstown band students will usher in "The Sounds of the Season," an inaugural holiday concert featuring Johnstown-Monroe Local School District students in grades 6-12.

The celebration begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the high school, 401 S. Oregon St.

"This is the first concert of its kind," said Joe Carver, the district's director of bands.

"In the past, only the middle school bands -- sixth grade, middle school jazz band and seventh-and eighth-grade band -- had performed a Christmas concert.

"This year, we decided to add our high school bands onto the concert," Carver said.

"What will be neat is all of the band kids in Johnstown will be in the same concert from beginning band through our top high school group," he said.

Carver said the concert will include about 350 students and because of the large anticipated crowd it will be held it in the high school gymnasium which also allows for easy set-up.

He will direct the high school symphonic and concert bands and Angela Zirille will conduct the middle school groups.

The line-up features the sixth-grade band playing Up in the House Top, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Ode to Joy and Holiday Rock Blues.

The seventh- and eighth-grade band will present Bell Carol Rock and Deck The Halls With Dazzling Drummers, while the Adams Middle School Jazz Band will be featured playing Hark The Herald Angels Rock, Feliz Navidad and White Christmas.

The high school Sounds of the Season selections will feature the Concert Band with Celebration (Mannheim Steamroller) and We Need a Little Christmas.

Arrangements by the Symphonic Band will comprise Christmas Flourish, O Holy Night and Sleigh Ride.

Cost of the concert is $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens.

All proceeds will go towards band booster scholarships that are awarded at the end of each year, Carver said.