BRATTLEBORO -- The 23rd annual American Legion Band Holiday Concert, co-directed by Bruce Corwin and Raymond Brown, will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the Legion on Linden Street. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be accepted.

The first half of the concert is directed by Corwin. The opening number is "The Carolers -- a Fanfare for Christmas," containing clips from 14 different carols. Next will be "Winter Wonderland." A parade featuring "The Wooden Soldiers" will follow. What would Christmas be without at least one "Toy Trumpet"? When Santa arrives, he will probably be "Up on the Housetop" (with a couple of surprises included). At this point, the audience will be invited to join the band in a Christmas sing-along. What could be more fitting than to end the first half with Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas."

Brown will conduct the second half of the program, which will start with Leroy Anderson’s "A Christmas Festival." Next is "Passacaglia on an Old English Carol," in which composer Robert Longfield takes the hymn "Coventry Carol" through seven variations. The band will then perform "A Most Wonderful Christmas" by Robert Sheldon, which includes some of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. Then, after "C’est Noel" (It is Christmas) by Andre Jutras, the concert will end with Leroy Anderson’s "Sleigh Ride."