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2014 Long Beach Municipal Band Schedule - 105thYear!
All Concerts start at 6:30 p.m.
4th of July Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Week 1 - July 1 through July 4
LET FREEDOM RING
Patriotic music is spirited, energetic and exuberant. It's origins are many, it's tempos varied, but the message is always clear. It proclaims our love of independence and freedom. Join the band in this, it's 105th year, as we celebrate our nations birth. This concert concludes with the vocal styling of the talented Becky Martin.
Week 2 - July 8 through July 11
The parks of Long Beach will be illuminated this week with the glow of the lights of Broadway. Enjoy the exciting sounds of some of the most successful musicals of our time. Vocal sensation Barbara Morrison returns to our stage to entertain us all. Don't miss this special concert.
Week 3 - July 15 through July 18
DIXIELAND JAM AND RAGTIME REVIEW
The birth of American jazz began in the early 1800's with a new rhythmic style called Ragtime. This evening we explore two great traditions of American music, Ragtime and Dixieland! Tony Galla joins the studio band as we conclude this fun filled night.
Week 4 - July 22 through July 25
VIVA LA FIESTA
Latin music, with it's invigorating melodies and driving rhythms, provides plenty of spice for your musical tastes. Bring the chips and salsa to prepare for some great "south of the border" treats. We will include the return of the popular Meloney Collins to close with a hot night of jazz.
Week 5 - July 29 through August 1
The music of America's greatest songwriter is spotlighted during this very special evening. Gershwin's remarkable talents produced some of the most memorable music of our generation. From "Strike Up the Band" to "Porgy and Bess" to "Rhapsody in Blue," we close our 2014 season with this spectacular event. We also welcome Nicole Kubis back to Long Beach from her immensely successful Australian tour for our season finale.
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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.
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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