Long Beach Municipal Band
The Long Beach Municipal Band will celebrate its 115th season in 2024 with free outdoor summer concerts in Long Beach parks.
Visit this page in May 2024 for concert dates, locations and program information.
The Long Beach Municipal Band concert series is made possible with sponsorship from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, Department of Energy Resources, Long Beach Environmental Services Bureau, the Port of Long Beach, Partners of Parks and the Friends of the Long Beach Municipal Band, and concert-goers generously dropped more than $42,000 in the buckets this past summer.
About Conductor Kurt Curtis
Kurt Curtis has been a member of the Municipal Band’s trumpet section for 25 years and has performed as a soloist and guest conductor on numerous occasions. He has also been a musician, performer, and conductor at Disneyland for the past 38 years where he is currently the conductor of the Disneyland Band, leader of the Fanfare Trumpets and Pearly Band, and serves as Master of Ceremonies for many park offerings. Additionally, Curtis has performed with orchestras throughout Southern California, including Broadway shows at the Ahmanson Theater. He has been a recording musician in Hollywood on many movie soundtracks, television shows and cartoons, and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Japan. Curtis’ wide-ranging musical expertise and background in entertainment will serve him well in his new role as conductor of the Long Beach Municipal Band. When asked about his new appointment, Curtis stated, “I’m truly honored to be named the new conductor of this historic and treasured group of musicians that bring so much joy and unity to the community.”
About Veteran Municipal Band Members
There are several long-time members of the band that have played for decades. Outside of their work as members of renowned orchestras and working on recording projects and performing with some of the biggest names in music industry, they come together every summer to perform memorable music for thousands of people in our Long Beach parks.
Duncan Massey Bassoonist
Bassoonist Duncan Massey is a longtime member of the Long Beach Municipal Band. He is also the principal Bassoon of the New West Symphony and the Riverside County Philharmonic. He is as a member of the Long Beach Opera Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay. Duncan has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Houston Ballet Orchestra, and numerous organizations in the Los Angeles area.
Andrew Klein – Bassoonist
Bassoonist Andrew Klein is also a longtime veteran of the Long Beach Municipal Band. He met Duncan Massey as freshman at CalArts and they have been the best of friends since. Andy is a long-time member of the Pacific Symphony’s bassoon section. Andrew has been a music instructor and taught banjo, bass guitar, guitar, music theory and ukulele.
Michael Higgins – Guitarist and Banjo Player
Michael Higgins has been the guitarist/banjo player for the Long Beach Municipal Band for the past 29 years. He met the band’s drummer Gordon Peeke and pianist David Witham when they were students at Cal State Long Beach. Michael says he feels blessed to be playing with his best friends and that they are still making music together. He has performed with Maynard Ferguson, Eddie Harris, Frank Sinatra, Tom Kubis, Bill Watrous, David Clayton Thomas, Barbara Morrison, Michael Tilson Thomas, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, The L.A. Opera, Shirley MacLaine, Jeffrey Osborne, and the original 5th Dimension. Higgins has five CDs of original music available on cdbaby.com. His first recording was on Maynard Ferguson’s High Voltage album. Higgins received a B.A. in Music from CSULB and a master’s degree in Studio Jazz Guitar From USCULB and a master’s degree in Studio Jazz Guitar From USC.
Mike Whitman - Alto and Soprano Saxophones and Flute
Mike Whitman is a Grammy Award winning musician with over 40 years of experience in the entertainment business. He was a member of Poncho Sanchez' band for the Grammy award winning live album Latin Soul and has performed at the Grammy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards and three Academy Award shows. Mike has performed with artists Jack Sheldon, Stan Kenton, Sarah Vaughan, The Pacific Symphony, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Lou Rawls, The Temptations and The Four Tops. His performances with celebrities include Vanessa Williams, Frank Sinatra, Glen Frey, Huey Lewis, Michael Bolton, Joe Williams, Don Rickles, Merv Griffin, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, Sammy Davis Jr. and Queen Elizabeth II.
Gordon Peeke - Drummer
Gordon Peeke has played drums and percussion with The Woody Herman Band, Stanley Clarke-George Duke Project, Jeffrey Osbourne, Isaac Hayes, Michael Jackson, DEVO, Christina Aguilera, Cher, and The Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has played Broadway shows such as Sister Act, Spamalot, Flower Drum Song, Mask, Stormy Weather, Drowsy Chaperone and Dream Girls. Gordon has played on over 70 major movie soundtracks including Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic, Thirteen, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Herbie Fully Loaded, Nine, and Burlesque, along with numerous TV shows and jingles.
Dave Witham - Pianist
Pianist Dave Witham studied piano with Jaki Byardat the New England Conservatory of Music, and Alan Broadbent in Los Angeles. His writing and performing associations include saxophonist Ernie Watts, bassist and composer Jay Anderson, the Jeff Gauthier Goatette, and percussionist Luis Conte. He was Musical Director for George Benson from 1990-2007, and a producer for Tom Scott and Grover Washington. His recording and performance credits include Barbra Streisand, Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, Jose Feliciano, John Patitucci, Bluezeum, Joao Bosco, Larry Carlton, Randy and Michael Brecker. More recently, he was an assistant conductor for the musical version of Lion King, and the associate conductor for the show Wicked at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.
Jane Green - Oboist
Jane Green has been a freelance musician in Southern California since1982, performing with the Long Beach Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, and the Glendale Symphony.
She was also an instructor at Biola and Azusa Pacific Universities.
Previously she performed with the Detroit Symphony and was a member of the Michigan Opera, Toledo Symphony, and the Houston Ballet. Jane joined the Municipal Band in 1983 and is where she met Teri Christian. They began carpooling from Whittier and became fast friends. Jane took a break from the band but rejoined in 2001, under former Conductor Larry Curtis. "The Municipal Band has been my absolute favorite group", she says. "The audiences are incredible and their reaction to our performances make it incredibly exciting for us as performers. "
Teri Christian - Flutist
Flutist Teri Christian, a resident of the Artcraft Manor neighborhood of Long Beach, began playing with the Municipal Band in 1984 along with fellow band member oboist Jane Green. One of the greatest joys of being in the Municipal Band, aside from the obvious pleasure of working with talented fellow musicians, has been the enduring friendships formed with generations of regular concert goers at each of the concert venue parks. Teri met her husband, Municipal Band Sound Engineer Bob Christian, while working with the band. They have been married for 18 years. Teri has played with, among others, Idina Menzel, Patti LuPone, Bebe Neuwirth, Michael Crawford, Dennis DeYoung (Styx), Lalo Schifrin, and David Benoit as well as with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Riverside Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, and Center Theatre Group.