A nearly packed house saw a musical homecoming for the holidays as Denver Bierman and the Mile High Orchestra gave their high energy all in a Christmas show at Plymouth Wesleyan Church last night.
“As always, it was really good to be home — and just great to be able to kick off our Christmas tour here at my home church,” said Bierman. “I really can’t thank everybody enough, all the people here in town that helped us make this possible. None of it could have happened without a lot of people helping us out.”
DMHO had a little help from some other friends on stage as the band welcomed the Plymouth High School Jazz Band for several numbers in the show — “Frosty the Blues Man,” an original concoction of the old snow man story, and “Jesus Child.” Bierman and band mate Adam Beck were both PHS grads and members of the Jazz Band.
“It brought back so many incredible memories. I remember what it felt like to be that age and do something different onstage,” said Bierman. “I remember how my heart began to race. It’s how I really learned to love music.”
The assembled heard the band blaze through traditional numbers and some unique arrangements of old favorites. There were also some original numbers written by Bierman, which included a love song for wife Amy entitled, “This Christmas, All I Need is You.”
C.T. Blackmore — sax player for DMHO and emerging artist in his own right — opened for the band with some of his arrangements of traditional favorites, featuring bandmates drummer Jared Ribble, guitarist Paul Shearer, and bassist Tony Marvelli.