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Father-toddler son duo making beautiful music together

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Be prepared for the unexpected when you come to a Delaware Valley Wind Symphony concert.

When three-year-old Miles Bishop showed up at DVWS’s Holiday Concert last year, he arrived ready to play with his own toddler-sized saxophone. Members of the audience were amazed when the toddler sat on the floor and played duets with his father, DVWS saxophonist Wayne Bishop, during the intermission.

“I was definitely impressed,” admitted Steve Sweetsir, music director of the ensemble, “and we hope that someday when Miles is big enough to hold a real saxophone, he will play with us.”

Miles’ father, a Council Rock School District music teacher, said Miles loves playing saxophone, trumpet, and drums, and he’s excited to learn how to play real instruments someday. He especially wants to learn how to play “Puff the Magic Dragon” on the drums. “And I’m gonna learn because you’re a teacher to me,” Miles declared.

This year’s Delaware Valley Wind Symphony Holiday Concert will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Holland Middle School, 400 E. Holland Road, Holland. The family-friendly concert will feature holiday favorites, including “Sleigh Ride,” music from “Home Alone,” a toe-tapping rendition of “Feliz Navidad,” and captivating music from the German holiday tradition, “Hansel, and Gretel.”

Special children’s activities and a festive reception immediately following the performance are all part of this family concert. Tickets are available at the door, at $15 for adults and free for students and children. The concert venue is handicapped accessible with ample parking. For information about Delaware Valley Wind Symphony and its “Music You Love” series, visit www.delvalwinds.org.


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