Top Cover Christmas concert set for Thursday

Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2001

Rock and roll Christmas music, traditional holiday favorites and pop hits will be featured in a concert Thursday night courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

Top Cover, the Air Force Band of the Pacific's eight-member rock group, will perform a "Home for the Holidays" concert at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Based in Anchorage, the band has performed several times in Juneau in past years. The Juneau show is part of the band's holiday season tour of Alaska.

Top Cover consists of eight members, vocalists Judi Waters and Jamie Gilley, band leader and saxophonist Jeff Baird, guitarist Jerry Kelley, keyboardist Ron Larsen, bassist Jay Nordeen, drummer Scott Weller and sound engineer Tim Brye.

"There's such a great attitude in Juneau," Brye said. "We appreciate the warmth we get from the community."

The group will perform holiday favorites and new material.

"We like to find new, worthy holiday tunes that some great musicians are putting out there," said band leader Baird. "Tunes like Amy Grant's 'Til the Season Comes 'Round Again' is a very moving piece of music you don't hear enough of. Or newer treatments of tunes like Smashmouth's 'I'm Gettin' Nuttin' For Christmas' or Dave Koz' version of 'Winter Wonderland' kick those classics into high gear."

No tickets will be needed for the concert. The doors at Centennial Hall open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7.

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