Municipal Band Opens Summer Concert Season at Port’s Centennial Celebration

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port of long beach centennial birthday celebrationThe Long Beach Municipal Band, the oldest concert band of its kind in the country, will open its 2011 summer season with a performance at the Port of Long Beach’s 100th Birthday Party on Saturday, June 25, 2011.

It is a fitting tribute from one Long Beach institution to another. The 102-year-old Municipal Band was there when the Port was born, performing during the dedication ceremony at Municipal Pier 1 – now Pier D, Berth 49 – 100 years ago.

“Both institutions are symbolic of the spirit and sense of community upon which Long Beach was built,” said Nick Sramek, President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. 

The performance – titled Celebrate! – will feature familiar patriotic music and a salute to the Armed Forces, including “America the Beautiful,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Anchors Aweigh.”

The centenial festivities begin at 2:30 p.m.

  • 2:30 p.m. Event begins, exhibits open to public.
  • 3 p.m. Premiere screening of “Faces of the Port – Celebrating 100 Years:” A 30-minute documentary narrated by actor Robert Wagner.
  • 3:30 p.m. “Let’s Talk Centennial,” a history panel discussion moderated by veteran maritime reporter George Cunningham.
  • 4:15 p.m. Second screening of “Faces of the Port – Celebrating 100 Years.”
  • 5:15 p.m. Centennial presentations with Robert Wagner.
  • 5:45 p.m. Centennial cupcakes.
  • 6 p.m. Concert performance by the Long Beach Municipal Band.
  • 8 p.m. Event concludes.

There also will be historical exhibits, a “Memory Lane” where visitors can share their own remembrances of the Port, photo exhibit, Ferris wheel, other carnival rides and games, free refreshments and more.

The 100th Birthday Party will be held right on the docks on Pier E, just south of the Gerald Desmond Bridge, at Ocean Boulevard and Pico Avenue. Parking is free, and there will be a bicycle valet. For map and more information, go to

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