Special to the Times
The Trans-Appalachian Orchestra, comprised of seven local musicians, will play three free concerts in December to benefit local charities, including the Salvation Army and food banks.
The band models itself after popular progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, known for playing traditional Christmas music with a modern twist, and often incorporates heavy metal and symphonic elements into songs.
"The band has been together for a few years, but we had a really surprising turnout to our holiday concerts in the past couple years," said drummer Adam Nohe. "About 100 people showed up at our first concert, and the following has expanded ever since."
Trans-Appalachian Orchestra members are Nohe on drums, Jack Thomas on guitar, Zach Kaufman on guitar, Rob Howard on bass, Julia Raffa on piano, Eric Merrow on guitar and Adam St. Clair on keyboard. Several band members also perform vocals.
All concerts will begin at 7 p.m., with the first scheduled for Friday at First Assembly of God Church on Hill Avenue in Parkersburg. The second show will be Friday, Dec. 17, at Graham Auditorium at Washington State Community College, and the third will be Sunday, Dec. 19, at City Soul Ministries in Vienna.
Admission is free, but band members ask guests to bring a donation for local charities.
"In the spirit of Christmas, we ask people to bring canned food or a cash donation. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit local charities," said Nohe.
For more information: www.myspace.com/transappalachianorchestra.