Join in homestyle fun with Alive Music Orchestra

By From page B3 | November 22, 2013

VACAVILLE — The Alive Music Orchestra swings into its 22nd Christmas show, 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Valley Church, 5063 Maple Road.

The event will incorporate traditional sing-along carols and Christmas songs made famous by a host of celebrity singers including Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole.

“It’s meant to remind people the holidays are a season of peace, family and most importantly the miraculous birth of Christ,” said organizer Keith Stout in a press release. He also plays trumpet with the Alive Music Orchestra and is the group’s music director.

Performers include Big Band vocalist Frank Salamone, pastor of Dixon Cornerstone Church; vocalist Pete Ayers Fairfield Civic Theatre’s Barbara McFadden; Golden West Middle School band director Robert Honeychurch as well as Stout’s family, Ken, Martha, Allison, and Brett Stout.

The show incorporates an American tradition originally founded by Bob Hope’s USO Christmas tours overseas, honoring and entertaining our troops.

“We always include a special dedication to our troops and their families, praying for a safe return home,” said Keith Stout, in a press release. “That’s something we feel strongly about, especially around Christmas time.”

He was an Air Force “brat” whose father served in Vietnam.

Also on the program is “Your Great Love,” stories of hope hosted by Stan Suderow, the Alive Music Orchestra chaplain.

Admission is free but donations are accepted. They will be applied toward the Vaca Jazz Society’s free weekly youth music camps.

For information, call 448-7222 or visit www.TheAMO.net.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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