The St. Clair band program will be presenting two concerts in December that will help two causes close to St. Clair residents.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the St. Clair sixth -grade, junior high and high school concert bands will be performing their annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. in the high school gym. Besides myriad holiday classics, the bands will be presenting classic marches and transcriptions, including “Dies Irae” from Verdi’s “Requiem,” a classical piece of music that has been featured in several commercials.

The entrance fee for this concert is a can of food for the Cops for Cans program being run through the St. Clair Student Council. This program is in conjunction with the St. Clair Police Department, where all cans of food collected will be distributed to all of the St. Clair food pantries.

The second concert is Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. This concert will feature jazz music from the high school jazz band. Audience members can bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots in lieu of an admission fee. The jazz band will be playing music from different genres, including a Glenn Miller tune, “American Patrol “ and famous jazz tenor sax player Sonny Rollins’ “St. Thomas.”

No one will be turned away from either concert should they not bring anything.

“We want as many people at our concerts that can come,” said Tim Karth, high school band director. The canned food drive and new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots are just a small way that the band program can give back to the community.”