LCCB Artistic Director Dave Carbone

Tired of sitting indoors, scrolling through seemingly endless “zoom” events?

Outdoor relief is just a short trip away.

The Lowcountry Community Concert Band presents a special outdoor Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 1 pm, in the front courtyard of the Library at the University of South Carolina Beaufort on US 278.  Admission is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted.

The USCB campus has ample parking, and is wheelchair-accessible. Bring a chair, bring a friend, bring a cooler! Added attractions will include food trucks, a Christmas Cookie baking contest, and an “Ugly Christmas sweater” contest.  Masks are not required at this outdoor event.

The program begins at 1 pm with music by the Lowcountry Flute Choir and the Lowcountry Brass Quintet.

The full Band will play the following:

Herald the Holidays, by Robert W. Smith;  “Still, Still, Still,” a traditional German carol, arranged by Randall D. Standridge;  “Sing We Now of Christmas,” arranged by Larry Kerchner;  “Christmas ‘Pop’ Sing-A-Long,” a medley arranged by James D. Ployhar;  “Sleigh Ride,” by Leroy Anderson; “O Little Town of Bethlehem,”arranged by Buryl Red and transcribed by Jay Dawson; “Minor Alterations” (or, “Christmas through the looking glass”) by David Lovrien; “Greensleeves,” arranged by Alfred Reed; and “Christmas and Sousa Forever,”arranged by Julie Giroux.

The LCCB performs under the baton of Conductor/Artistic Director David Carbone, who has over 30 years of experience in music education and the marching arts as a performer, conductor, educator, arranger and adjudicator, including a 23-year career as a band director and music educator at high school and collegiate levels in Florida, Ohio, and Texas.

Deborah Hamner, our Associate Conductor, currently teaches Band, Music Appreciation, and Piano at May River High School. Prior to this she taught Music and directed the Band at Bridges Preparatory School. To these school positions, Deborah brings years of prior experience in the Marine Corps, which she joined as a clarinet player.  She was stationed in Okinawa, Japan; Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point, NC;  and Parris Island, SC.  She also attended the Ceremonial Conducting / Drum Major Course in Virginia Beach, VA. After 6 years of playing clarinet Deborah became an Enlisted Conductor, and conducted for numerous performances at Recruit Graduation Ceremonies at Parris Island, the Outback Bowl in Florida, performances in Guam, Australia and New Zealand, and throughout the Southeast.  In 2005 she received the Staff Non-Comissioned Officer Musician of the Year Award. In 2009-2012 she was a recruiter for the 6th Marine Corps District, and travelled through the Southeast, musically approving any musician interested in joining the Marine Corps Music Program.

The LCCB is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of South Carolina – Beaufort.  The LCCB provides an opportunity for musicians of all ages and abilities to play instrumental music together for enjoyment as well as to perform for the community.  Any OLLI member is welcome to join. Students and adults of any age can also join the band. The LCCB is 100% self-sustaining, and receives no state or local funding. Donations are welcome, and are used for buying new music and equipment, repairing instruments, and paying for transporting equipment to concert venues.  For further information, visit our LCCB website, at