After a year's hiatus because of COVID-19, the Flagler Palm Coast benefit band concert at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church is back.
The FPC Symphonic Band 1 and Jazz Band 1 will perform at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. A reception in the church's social hall will precede the concert at 6 p.m.
"It's a really nice concert, a little fancier than some of the others," said FPC band treasurer Kendra Bright. "They do Christmas music and fun music. The students also break into small ensembles and perform."
The Symphonic Band 1 includes about 40 student musicians, and the Jazz Band 1 has about 20 members, Bright said. The FPC Band has three symphonic bands and two jazz band ensembles.
With the exception of last year, the FPC Band has presented the annual benefit concert since 2015 when sophomore Trey de Leon collaborated with Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church in Flagler Beach. The first concert in August, 2015, raised $6,000 each for the band and the church.
The first holiday concert in 2016 raised $5,000 each for the church and the band, according to the 2017 concert program. Student band leaders have continued to organize the concerts since de Leon graduated.
The concert was performed at Santa Maria del Mar in 2015, '16 and '17 and at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in 2018 and '19.
The church is requiring unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask at the concert. Masks are encouraged for everyone.