By LINDA MESSMER
"We wish you a Merry Christmas." That was one of the cheerful, melodious Christmas presents given to Brazil shoppers by the Northview High School Band on Wednesday morning. About 25 volunteer members of the band played Christmas carols throughout town on Christmas Eve.
Frazzled, last minute shoppers at stores including Sam's Hardware, Page's and shops at the Forest Park Plaza were also treated to "Frosty the Snowman", "Silver Bells" and many other traditional Christmas favorites.
The musicians and director, Bob Medworth, weathered the cold December temperature to treat the community with this special gift. It was obvious the band members were enjoying the event as much as the shoppers. Wearing Santa Claus hats, the perky, laughing jesters made watching the performance almost as entertaining as the music.
During one peppy tune played only by the woodwind section, some of the brass players bobbed up and down intermittently, looking like a human carousel.
When asked why they gave up their Christmas Eve morning to do this, Jay Burgo-Ramirez said "Band is the best thing that happened to us." Jordan Ames added, "And we wanted to bring cheer to the people."
Rana Hill, a Christmas Eve shopper was thrilled with the performance. "It's just like the old days when we shopped downtown and they piped music outside. Christmas carols could be heard up and down main street. It was wonderful."
With the cold weather, the seasonal, live music and a light snow fall gently dusting the ground, it was a perfect Christmas scene. One almost expected to see Ebenezer Scrooge, clutching a Christmas goose, running up the street yelling, "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas everyone."