Teachers, professors, students, researchers, lab workers, retirees and more come together every summer to play music for the
The band recently began its annual summer concert series. The second one is tonight at
Currently, the band is comprised of more than 50 musicians. Instruments include flute, bassoon, clarinet, tuba, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, horn and percussion.
"There's something there in community bands that is really fun," Golemo said. "They pull people together from lots of professions. They allow people to get together and make music."
Golemo, who also serves as band director and chairperson of the music department at
Types of songs can vary from light classical to waltzes, jazz and
Tonight's concert will feature two soloists --
Like every concert this year, it will close with a march by
The pre-concert entertainment is provided by performers from Robert Thomas Dancers.
Next week's concert will feature
The band formally began in 1924 and was incorporated in 1925 as a separate organization under the city government. However, the group can trace its roots back to 1877 and its predecessor, the
In the band's 90-year history, there have been only seven directors.
Adams missed two years when he was serving in the
Adams, who also plays clarinet and soprano saxophone, among other instruments, was asked by
Adams credits Day with his enjoyment of music because going into junior high, he had no ambition to continue playing. Day taught him an appreciation of the music.
Ferguson said that when he started playing in the band it was comprised of more older people than young people. It's since changed.
When Adams and Ferguson started in the municipal band, practice was nearly a year-round thing and summer concerts went through August.
Today, the band only practices together two hours a week before their Thursday concerts, and during the off-summer months, the band ceases to meet or practice.
Concerts are in June and July with special performances for
They all say they enjoy the municipal band, and that's the thing that keeps them coming back year after year.
There is some payment that comes with the performance. It's a point-based system and musicians can usually earn two to four points a week, but a point is only worth about
While the music styles have changed, the concerts remain popular with people of all ages. Ferguson said it shows the band concerts are a real value to the community.
Featuring Anne Todey, vocalist;
The concert is free and open to the public.
The pre-concert, which begins at
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