For 22 years Bennet Burnham, a local resident, member of FCC and retired music teacher, has led a group of musicians on the Sunday nearest Groundhog day to “hold back winter” and celebrate our musical talents. Young children all the way up to 90 year olds play in the band.
Some news from Bennett…
The groundhog is safely asleep in his underground chamber. It is up to us to awaken him on Sunday, February 2, 2014.
The Groundhog Band has started rehearsals. We will rehearse every Sunday at 11:15 in the Dimond Room until the performance. The full schedule is enclosed.
If you do not have your instrument or music, please see me.
If you need to borrow an instrument, accommodations can be made with help from Mt Hope High and KMS music departments.
All instrumentalists are invited, no matter your experience. If you know someone who plays or played an instrument, give them a shove toward the rehearsal.
When we meet on February 2nd, we will rehearse in the church, play for the gathering music, play the hymns during the service, then head for the Veterans Home for an 11:45 performance. Vocalists are encouraged to attend and sing with the band for the veterans.
Remember: “Every note you give us is one more note that we have, that we would not have without you.”
Bennett Burnham, HBur700343@aol.com, (401) 253-8530
First Congregational Church
22th Annual Groundhog Day 2014
February 2, 2014
Rehearsal and Performance Schedule
Rehearsals: Sundays 11:15 – 12:00 noon, in the Dimond Room
January 5 First Rehearsal
January 12 Rehearse each hymn twice
January 19 Rehearse each hymn thrice
January 26 Rehearse each hymn fourthly
Saturday, February 1, 2014 9:00 AM in the Sanctuary
Rehearse each hymn four times
Sunday, February 2, 2014 8:00 AM in the Sanctuary
Rehearse each hymn twice
Performances: Sunday, February 2, 2014
9:30 – 10:00 – in church – Gathering Music
10:00 – 11:00 – Hymns
11:45 – 12:15 – at Veterans Home on Metacom Ave with vocalists
Hymns in the Red Hymnal
#8 Joyful, Joyful
#251 Holy, Holy, Holy
#267 Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
#248 My Faith Looks Up To Thee
#363 A Mighty Fortress
#382 Onward, Christian Soldiers
#437 God of Our Fathers
#440 America the Beautiful
In the New Century Hymnal (Black)
#443 In the Bulb, There is a Flower