City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 062619
Long Beach Municipal Band Presents ‘Celebrations in Sound’
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine

musicians playing at Los Cerritos park in Long Beach
The Long Beach Municipal Band will celebrate their 110th season with free outdoor summer concerts in Long Beach parks, from June 25 through August 2, 2019, with a different theme every week. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

“The Long Beach Municipal Band is one of the best things about summer in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “At 110 years, it is the longest running municipal band in the country and provides a chance for neighbors and families to gather for relaxing evenings of picnicking, entertainment and great music.”

The Long Beach Municipal Band is conducted by Larry Curtis, now in his 27th year as conductor. Each performance will end with selections from talented vocalists accompanied by the Long Beach Municipal Band's Studio Band.

"The old-fashioned concert in the park is one of the finest family entertainment experiences available," said Conductor Larry Curtis. "Many who attend the concerts bring picnic dinners and blankets or lawn chairs. It’s a very festive atmosphere."

The concert series is made possible with sponsorship from the Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine, Energy Resources, Long Beach Recycling, the Port of Long Beach, Partners of Parks and the Friends of the Long Beach Municipal Band. A list with every weekly theme is below. A full schedule, with dates and concert locations, is available at

Week 1 (June 25-28) — American Folk Songs. The season’s opening concert draws from songs engrained in America’s cultural fabric. Barbara Morrison will perform with the Studio Band.

Week 2 (July 2-5; no concert July 4) — Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All. In honor of Independence Day, enjoy a program of patriotic music with vocalist Becky Martin and the Studio Band.

Week 3 (July 9-12) — A Constellation of Stars. Chart-topping hits will be the theme of week 3. Tony Galla will sing with the Studio Band.

Week 4 (July 16-19) — Classical Favorites. Hear classical favorites from the band’s 110-year repertoire. Meloney Collins will perform with the Studio Band.

Week 5 (July 23-26) — Spectacular Sounds of Cinema. Movie soundtrack favorites, with Mark Kopitzke performing with the Studio Band.  

Week 6 (July 30 – August 2) — Toot, Whistle and Boom! This concert will showcase compositions that involve audience participation including the “1812 Overture.” Nicole Kubis will end the season with the Studio Band.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award four times. PRM provides leisure programs and services to residents and visitors, which improve quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 171 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space, and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the City's Open Space Plan, provides recreational opportunities to meet diverse community needs, maintains public marinas, and provides for public safety and the humane treatment of animals.

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