The Dodge City Middle School will be holding the annual Dodge City Cowboy Band Christmas Concert this Sunday at the DCMS auditorium.

According to band member Doug Austen, the Cowboy Band began in 1879 when Chalkley Beeson formed the first Dodge City Cowboy Band.

In the 1880s, the band also traveled to Denver, Kansas City and Washington D.C. when they were part of the inaugural parade for President Benjamin Harrison.

There was was also a time when the band and its equipment was sold and performed under the Dodge City Cowboy Band name to a man in Pueblo, Colorado.

Then in the 1930s, the Dodge City Municipal Band was organized and has later became the "Dodge City Cowboy Band" we now today.

"Each summer, the band presents weekly concerts at the Wright Park band shell which was specifically built for the band in 1934," Austen said previously. "Additionally, the band makes other appearances around town for special events such as Fourth of July at Boot Hill Museum and Dodge City Days."

The band will be performing a couple new songs they haven't played in previous years according to band director Hollyann Sewell.

Themes from the Nutcracker Suite and Greensleeves will join the playlist this year to go along with Colors of Christmas, Deck the Hall and All That Jazz, Sleigh Ride, We Need a little Christmas, Light up the World (It’s Christmas), Christmas Festival, Wonderful Christmastime, Feliz Navidad and On Olde English Christmas.

The Christmas concert marks the first full-year for Sewell as the Cowboy Band director.

"I enjoyed working with the ensemble and their willingness to try new pieces of music," she said. "The concerts are definitely the best part of the job, and having that performance outlet for our community is such a special thing."

Sewell is the assistant band director at Dodge City High School and the head band director at Dodge City Middle School.

This is her fifth year with the district.

The Cowboy Band Christmas Concert will be at DCMS auditorium at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

If anyone is interested in becoming a member, membership for the band is open to anyone who can play an instrument and wants to be part of a community arts group.

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