Essex Community Concert Band rings in the holidays

by Garrett Fodor 

The Essex Community Concert Band (ECCB) offered a break from the hustle and bustle of this busy time of year, to ring in the holidays on Sunday.

This year’s Ring in the Holidays performance was the third annual Christmas-themed concert the Essex Community Concert Band has hosted at Holy Name of Jesus Church. The performance featured renditions of 11 different Christmas songs.

Britt Kascjak is a member of the band and is responsible for its media relations. She said this event has grown in popularity and the ECCB is proud to put it on.

“We’ve been doing a Christmas concert every year. We realized it was hugely popular in the Essex community, so we’ve decided to keep it up and keep growing it,” Kascjak said. “We are really pleased with the turnout and support we get, and we’ve had to upgrade to larger venues then years past.” 

A donation was accepted at the door as the price of admission. Kascjak said the money raised from admission and the 50/50 raffle will help the band to buy and maintain instruments as well as music. 

The ECCB has grown to host 45 members, and Kascjak said new members are always welcome to see what being in the band is all about. It includes over 11 different instruments and is led by Essex District High School teacher and director, Dee Shaw. 

For more information on the band or upcoming performances, check out its Facebook page or go to

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