Alive Music Orchestra will perform an annual Christmas concert at Valley Church – The Vacaville Reporter
As is the case every December, Valley Church will rock to the festive sounds of Alive Music Orchestra, as the collective perform their 31st annual AMO Christmas show on December 9 titled “Child is Born.”
Alive Music Orchestra will perform a mix of traditional Christmas carols and popular holiday songs made famous by Nat “King” Cole, Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley.
The Vacaville-based orchestra was founded in the 80s by Keith Stout, who wanted to create a local band in the vein of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The 20-plus member band performs everything from WWII-era horn-era hits of crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, to more recent pop and rock hits. The group is currently led by Frank Salamone, also pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Dixon, and his daughter, Leah Walker.
Stout is a self-proclaimed “Air Force brat” whose father and stepfather served in Vietnam and whose uncle and grandfather served in World War II and Korea. The annual Christmas concert has always been inspired by Bob Hope’s USO shows that entertained American troops overseas, including during Christmas time.
“We always include a special dedication to our troops and their families, praying for a safe return,” Stout said in a statement. “It’s something that our family cares about a lot, especially at Christmas and during the holiday season.”
In addition to Salamone and Walker, the concert will feature the talents of Ken Stout, Keith’s twin brother and AMO’s new bandleader, as well as vocal performances by other members of the Stout family, including Terrie , Brette, Julie and Art.
The event is a co-production with the Vaca Jazz Society, and there will be an opportunity to donate at the end with proceeds from the organization for youth music camps led by Staff Sgt. Former Travis Air Force Base Golden West band member Mike Williams. The Society also hosts the annual Vacaville Jazz Festival at Nut Tree Plaza.
“VJS is passionate that the gift of music enriches the lives of our children by keeping them safe (sic),” according to a press release from AMO.
The Christmas concert will take place on December 9 at 7 p.m. at Valley Church, 5063 Maple Road. Free entry. For more information, visit Vacajazzsociety.org/?page_id=5832.