The first part of the concert was the premier performance of an American jazz group. A bassist, drummer, keyboardist, and guitarist played three songs in typical jazz styles full of improvisation. I played sax. It was a new idea for the musicians and the audience. It was a good start, though we have room for improvement. Then we had a variety of solos, duets, and small groups playing classic Christmas melodies. Highlights were: a group of beginners from a congregation east of our town who played their first song in public, the premier performance of our ASAPH brass band, trumpet and trombone solos, and a song that features two -- count them -- TWO drum sets and a tin whistle. That went pretty well, if I may say so. The concert also featured two invited groups: a young people's choir from the Baptist church in our community, and a Christian band made up of musicians from several churches. Our big closer was JINGLE BELLS with all kinds of musicians playing together.
We got a standing ovation! I was proud of the players, and happy for the community that received this new idea very positively. I plan to have ASAPH concerts regularly in Pasbwadom providing a venue for Christian musicians to express their faith while raising money for the local Haitian church.