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The Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble will present its annual holiday concert this Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Yachats Commons, beginning at 2 p.m.

The Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble will present its annual holiday concert this Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Yachats Commons, beginning at 2 p.m. The program will draw heavily on traditional favorites, plus a few lively, non-seasonal numbers.

Those planning to attend are advised that Oregon’s indoor masking and social distancing protocols will apply.

The concert is free, but a donation of $5 per person and $10 per family would be appreciated. Proceeds will go to South Lincoln County Resources. Non-perishable food items will also be collected for the Yachats Food Pantry.

The Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble, under the leadership of principal conductor David Olson, is composed of about 35 professional and amateur musicians from the central Oregon coast and Willamette Valley and has provided concert band entertainment for more than two decades. The band plays several concerts each year throughout the region. In addition to the seasonal celebration concert in Yachats, they will be repeating the concert on Dec. 18 at Community Baptist Church in Florence. Further performances will include a spring concert in Florence, Waldport’s Beachcomber Days and Waldport High School graduation.

No auditions are required to join the band. Rehearsals are Monday nights during the school year, alternately in Waldport and Florence. Most of the members are adults, but high school students are welcome to join. For further information, go online at http://www.snagglebunnytribe.net/PCWE_Home.

As part of the band’s outreach program, scholarships are provided to local music students, mainly from Newport, Waldport and Siuslaw high schools. Persons interested in applying for a scholarship should contact the music teacher at their local school.

For more information, contact Eric Bigler, band secretary, at ebigler@peak.org.

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