Long Beach Summer Park Concert Series

Long Beach Municipal Band
Summer 2009 - Centennial Concert Series
June 30th through August 14th
All concerts start at 6:30 p.m.


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 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 99 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.

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