Long Beach Municipal Band tunes up for summer concert series
2009-06-29 · By Editor
This summer Long Beach’s favorite outdoor party — concerts with the world famous Long Beach Municipal Band— kick off in local parks on June 30.
The Long Beach Municipal Band centennial season of free outdoor concerts shares “Ragtime to our time, celebrating 100 years of music!”
The annual outdoor summer concert season returns to Long Beach parks starting June 30 for 28 free performances. Each of the seven weeks of the season will focus on a different era and will be performed by the band’s professional musicians. To cap off several performances, concert audiences will be treated to selections from special vocalists – accompanied by the Long Beach Municipal Band’s Studio Band.
The Long Beach Municipal Band is brought to the community by the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department and Partners of Parks. Performances are slated for Tuesdays through Fridays, June 30 through August 14. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.
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.
Long Beach Municipal Band Concert Schedule
WEEK 1 – (June 30 – July 3)
1909-1924: In 1909 the City of Long Beach announces the formation of the Long Beach Municipal Band! Through these early years the music of George M. Cohan, George Gershwin and other composers from Tin Pan Alley had America singing. The Studio Band and Barbara Morrison kick off the summer in style.
- Tuesday, June 30 Whaley Park
- Wednesday, July 1 Los Cerritos
- Thursday, July 2 Marine Stadium
- Friday, July 3 El Dorado Park
WEEK 2 – (July 7 – 10)
1924-1937: From the Roaring Twenties came great music like Ragtime and Dixieland jazz. George Gershwin wrote his “Rhapsody in Blue.” Even though times were tough during the 1930s it was a great time in American music. John O’Campo sings with the Studio Band.
- Tuesday, July 7 Whaley Park
- Wednesday, July 8 Los Cerritos
- Thursday, July 9 Marine Stadium
- Friday, July 10 El Dorado Park
WEEK 3 – (July 14- 17)
1937-1950: Americans danced to the music of the famous big bands such as Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Glenn Miller. The Swing Dolls as “The Andrews Sisters” will stop by with a special treat you won’t want to miss. Derek Bordeaux brings his high energy and soulful Motown sound to the parks of Long Beach.
- Tuesday, July 14 Whaley Park
- Wednesday, July 15 Los Cerritos Park
- Thursday, July 16 Marine Stadium
- Friday, July 17 El Dorado Park
WEEK 4 – (July 21 – 24)
1950-1965: Duke Ellington records with the Count Basie band and Ella Fitzgerald records eight records making up the “Great American Songbook.” Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” has three records which sell over one million copies. Our own first lady of song, Barbara Morrison, returns for a second set with the Studio Band.
- Tuesday, July 21 Bixby/Bluff Park
- Wednesday, July 22 Los Cerritos Park
- Thursday, July 23 Marine Stadium
- Friday, July 24 El Dorado Park
WEEK 5 – (July 28 – 31)
1965-1979: From the Beatles and Stan Kenton to John Williams and Stevie Wonder the tumultuous ‘60s and ‘70s produced an overwhelming variety of musical genres. During this remarkable time The Carpenters started their singing careers at Cal State Long Beach. Carol Welsman sings with the Studio Band.
- Tuesday, July 28 Bixby/Bluff Park
- Wednesday, July 29 Los Cerritos Park
- Thursday, July 30 Marine Stadium
- Friday, July 31 El Dorado Park
WEEK 6 – (August 4-7)
1979-1995: The 1980s continued to bring major changes in the music scene; the invention of the CD and MTV! In musical theater, Phantom of the Opera attracts record audiences. “Porgy and Bess” finally receives its acceptance as world class opera with its first performance by a major company, The Metropolitan Opera. Jackie DePiro sings with the Studio Band.
- Tuesday, August 4 Bixby/Bluff Park
- Wednesday, August 5 Los Cerritos Park
- Thursday, August 6 Marine Stadium
- Friday, August 7 El Dorado Park
WEEK 7 – (August 11-14)
1995-2009: Now it’s our time after 100 years of music. We look back on the unbelievable musical journey of the Long Beach Municipal Band and salute all who have come before. During this final week of the 2009 summer season you will hear the latest and greatest music of the stars of today performed by one of the finest community bands in the history of our nation – your Long Beach Municipal Band! Tony Galla will have the park up and dancing for a super finale with the Studio Band.2009.
- Tuesday, August 11 Bixby/Bluff Park
- Wednesday, August 12 Los Cerritos Park
- Thursday, August 13 Marine Stadium
- Friday, August 14 El Dorado Park
The Long Beach Municipal Band is brought to the community by the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department and Partners of Parks. The Long Beach Municipal Band is the longest running, municipally supported band in the country. These free concerts provide a chance for neighbors and families to gather outdoors for a relaxing evening of picnicking, entertainment and music.