The Pomona Concert Band will open its 75th summer concert series on Thursday, July 7, at 7:30 a.m. with “Symphonic Celebration,” a concert with music written for the symphony hall.
The concert, and others in the series, will be at G. Stanton Selby Bandshell, behind the Community Center building in Ganesha Park, 1575 N. White Ave., Pomona.
Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval will serve as master of ceremonies for the opening concert, which will include “Light Cavalry Overture”, “Let Freedom Ring” and “Symphonic Celebration”, according to a press release.
The band will be led by Linda W. Taylor, the band’s conductor and music director, and assistants director Jorge Garcia and Kerry KIine.
The series will continue with Thursday night concerts through August 25th, plus a bonus concert on August 28th.
There is no admission fee and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. People can also bring picnics or visit the group concession booth.
“Strike Up the Band” will be the theme of the July 14 concert, featuring Gershwin’s “Hymn to the Winds and Percussion,” “Teddy Bears Picnic,” “Bright Lights,” and “Strike Up The Band.” David Allen, a columnist for the South California News Group, will be the master of ceremonies.
The July 21 concert, “Animal Carnival and Other Fun Music,” will include “Animal Carnival” by Camille Saint-Saëns, “Mother Goose Suite” by Maurice Ravel, “Dance of the Knights” and “Elite Syncopations”. Jorge Garcia will lead the group, with Linda Taylor chairing the ceremony.
“PCB’s Got Talent” is the theme of the July 28 concert, which features some of the band members leading the band in the pieces they have chosen. The band conductor will be James Lytthans, guest conductor emeritus; Stephen Klein, who plays eufonium; trumpeters Christopher Northrop and Denny Duran-Flores; horn singer Karen Greenwood; percussionists Lucas Critchfield and James Thompson; and David Schaafsma from the tubes section.
“Concert in the Park” is the theme of the August 4 concert, directed by Kerry Kline and hosted by Linda Taylor. The program will include “A Portrait of Leroy Anderson”, “American Riversongs”, “What a Wonderful World” and “A Memorable Childhood”.
The August 11 concert is a celebration of the band’s 75th anniversary, with “Diamond Jubilee March”, “Saring With John Williams”, “Dances of a Shimmering Spirit” and “Highlights from” Frozen. Linda Taylor will direct the group, with Edmund Fry as ceremony chairman.
“Something Old, Something New” is the theme of the August 18 concert, with “Appalachian Morning,” “Cowboy Rhapsody,” “Slippery Gentlemen” and “Hawaiian Medley.” Pomona city councilor Steve Lustro will serve as chairman of the ceremonies.
The August 25 concert, “Stage and Screen – America Sings,” will feature music written for Broadway and Hollywood, including music by “The Lion King,” “Cats,” “Mary Poppins” and “ET.” be John “Stars and Lines Forever” by Philip Sousa. David Allen will serve as chairman of the ceremonies.
For the bonus concert, at 17:00, August 28, the Pomona concert group will host the British brass band Golden State in a concert with music by the British band and American favorites.
The Pomona Concert Band was founded by G. Stanton Selby in 1947 and has represented the city at many events and performances over the years, including tours in Europe and Japan in 1985 and 1988.
Linda Taylor, who was appointed conductor and music director of the band in 2006, has been a member of the band since 1968. She is also a founding member of the British brass group Golden State and for 20 years played pipes in the brass band of Colorado and in some brass bands in England. She taught instrumental music at Baldwin Park Unified School District for 30 years.
For information, go to pomonaconcertband.org.
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