Sheldon Bair, Founder and Music Director


Scenes from our December Concert!



Some Assembly Required – Dec. 7 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 7, 2013  at 7:30PM; Bel Air High School

Sheldon Bair - conductor
Brian Folus – guest conductor
Morgan Bair – Narrator

Theldon Myers - People Look East
Todd Goodman and Justin Cober-Lake - Some Assembly Required
Percy Grainger - The Sussex Mummer’s Christmas Carol
Benjamin Britten - Men of Goodwill (Variations on a Christmas Carol)
Leon Jessel, arr.Donald Raff - Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
arr. Folus  –  A Hanukah Celebration
arr. Chase - Christmas Memories
arr. Bair  – Christmas Sing Along

The SSO’s ever-popular Holiday Concert is bound to continue in its popularity with this concert of Holiday favorites plus a narrated work about growing up. The concert will include a work the SSO has performed many times: local composer Theldon Myers’ arrangement of the Christmas carols ‘People Look East’. Also included from past concerts are the dramatic ‘Parade of the Wooden Soldiers’ as arranged by Donald Raff (our bass trombonist and ‘acted’ by the SSO members) and Brian Folus’ extremely popular (at last year’s Holiday concert) ‘A Hanukah Celebration’ with Maestro Folus conducting. Sheldon Bair has arranged a new ‘Christmas Sing Along’ with different tunes than last year’s Sing Along, and the concert also includes holiday music by Percy Grainger and Benjamin Britten (the latter’s ‘Men of Goodwill’). Bair’s daughter, 14 year-old Morgan, will narrate Todd Goodman’s ‘Some Assembly Required’ about a child learning to grow up. The concert will conclude with the usual goodwill and good wishes from the SSO!

A pre-concert lecture provided by composer Todd Goodman will begin at 6:50 pm.

Share the joy of the season.  The SSO collects toys and gifts at its holiday concert.  The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization created to help Harford Countians during the Holidays with toys, food and clothing for each family.

Band Together Pre-Concert Lecture


SSO is pleased to announce that our pre-concert lecture at the Oct. 12 concert will be given by Mr. Robert Powers of Band Together, and will be on the positive effects of music education on childhood learning.

Numerous studies have shown the connection or corelation between instrumental music education and improved academic achievement. Unfortunately, due to financial need, not all students have the ability or opportunity to participate in our school music programs.

Band Together is an instrument donation program that was started in 2004 as an entity of the Harford County Public School System. The mission of Band Together is simple: to provide musical instruments to Harford County Public School students whose parents cannot afford to rent or buy instruments. Band Together started its first year with 17 donated instruments. During the 2012-2013, Band Together was responsible for providing instruments to over 300 students in Harford County Public Schools. In July of 2013, Band Together became officially recognized as a tax exempt public charity.

Representatives from Band Together will be present at the concert to take donations of used instruments, so if you or someone you know happen to have an old instrument sitting in a closet, please consider donating!

Lecture begins at 6:50 pm