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Concerts in the Park

Music will be in the air all summer in Long Beach.
Mark your calendars for these outdoor concert events.

Long Beach Community Band

We play music for fun! Experience the magic of live performance. Bring the family (and your picnic basket) to our free concerts and join the fun!



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2016 Long Beach Municipal Band Schedule - 107th Year!

All Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. FREE
 “Summer Music = Family Fun,” is the theme of the 107th season of the Long Beach Municipal Band. These great free concerts in the park feature the sounds of big band, pop, jazz, blues and more. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring your family, a picnic dinner and enjoy a wonderful evening outdoors in the park.

Tuesday, June 28        Whaley Park
Tuesday, July 5           Whaley Park
Tuesday, July 12         Bluff Park
Tuesday, July 19         Bluff Park
Tuesday, July 26         Bluff Park
Tuesday, August 2       Drake Park

Wednesday, June 29    Los Cerritos Park
Wednesday, July 6       Los Cerritos Park
Wednesday, July 13     Los Cerritos Park
Wednesday, July 20     Los Cerritos Park
Wednesday, July 27     Los Cerritos Park
Wednesday, August 3   Los Cerritos Park

Thursday, June 30       Marine Stadium
Thursday, July 7          Marine Stadium
Thursday, July 14        Marine Stadium
Thursday, July 21        Marine Stadium
Thursday, July 28        Marine Stadium
Thursday, August 4     Marine Stadium

Friday, July 1              El Dorado Park West
Friday, July 8              El Dorado Park West
Friday, July 15            El Dorado Park West
Friday, July 22            El Dorado Park West
Friday, July 29            El Dorado Park West
Friday, August 5          El Dorado Park West

Week 1
Spirit of America
June 28 - July 1

The Spirit of America includes a love of freedom and an exuberant call for independence. Our patriotic music inspires many of these heartfelt emotions. This week's performance is a great way to prepare for our country's 240th birthday. The evening will close in grand style as we welcome back singing star Barbara Morrison performing with the Studio Band.

Week 2
Let’s Dance
July 5 - 8

Bring your dancin' shoes to the concert. With so much exciting music we are sure you will find your feet moving and your body swaying. Conductor Larry Curtis has selected a fun variety of every type of dance music you could imagine! Joining the party will be our favorite rhythm and blues performer, Derek Bordeaux.

Week 3
All That Jazz
July 12 - 15

America's musical contribution to the world will be spotlighted this week as we explore the origins of Jazz. It all started when musicians were encouraged to express themselves individually with spontaneity and improvisation. Just sit back and enjoy the great musicianship of the Long Beach Municipal Band. We welcome back to the bandstand the talented young vocalist, Nicole Kubis.

Week 4
Broadway Memories
July 19 - 22

The band illuminates the parks with some of the magnificent Broadway music that has dazzled show audiences for decades. So many wonderful musicals to choose from! Each masterpiece will certainly bring back fond memories. To close the evening, you certainly will want to hear the dynamic song stylist Meloney Collins.

Week 5
A Grand Old Opera
July 26 - 29

The word "Opera" conjures so many visions of the type of music you'd expect to hear - Grand Opera, Opera Buffa, Classical, Romantic, Italian, Grand Ole Opry, and even Soap Operas. You will not want to miss this interesting week as we explore this genre of music in all its glory. Our Special Guest Artist will be Jennifer Lynn playing a hot electric violin.

Week 6
Fiesta de la Musica
August 2 - 5

Thanks to the efforts of the ‘Friends of the Long Beach Municipal Band,’ in cooperation with the City of Long Beach, we are pleased to offer this sixth week of concerts. So let's celebrate! Tonight's driving rhythms and romantic Latin melodies should inspire you to wear a sombrero and be ready to shout Olé! We close the 2016 Summer Season with the singing sensation Tony Galla with the Studio Band.

 Log on to www.longbeachcommunityband.org for more information.

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History

The Long Beach Municipal Band is one of the most distinguished and professional Municipal Bands in the United States. The player personnel in this wonderful ensemble includes the best of the Southern California's symphony, studio recording and jazz performers. This diversity of talent provides Long Beach audiences with impressive concerts of jazz, movie, musical and light classical literature. The Band also combines with talented guest vocalists weekly to guarantee that your family's summer evening in the park will be the highlight of the week.

The Long Beach Municipal Band has been entertaining area residents for over 100 years. Its history is well known and appreciated not only in this community but also in music circles around the world. Present conductor Larry Curtis continues a tradition of musical excellence established by such notable conductors as the famous Sousa cornet player Herbert L. Clarke and composer J. J. Richards.

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Conductor Larry Curtis

Larry Curtis, after a distinguished career in university music performance, has achieved acclaim as a professional conductor. He will return for his sixteenth season this summer as director of the Long Beach Municipal Band, the nation's most distinguished professional community wind ensemble. Curtis' diverse musical background is exemplified by his more recent conducting engagements with the Sydney Wind Orchestra of Australia, the Los Angeles Brass Ensemble, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and the Americus Brass Band, an ensemble which performs on authentic instruments of the 19th century.

Notable performances include an "Imagination Celebration" concert in conjunction with New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a live concert broadcast from Suisse Romane Studios in Geneva, Switzerland, a command performance for the "Society for the Preservation of Film Music," as well as conducting at the Hollywood Bowl. He has established an international reputation with his conducting achievements in Japan, Scotland, Canada, England, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Australia.

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