PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

6/27/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:062718A
Subject:
Long Beach Municipal Band Presents ‘The Sizzling Sounds of Summer’
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine
562.570.3232
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov






The Long Beach Municipal Band has entered its 109th season with free outdoor summer concerts in Long Beach parks, which will span through August 3, 2018. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Each week of the season will focus on a different theme and will be performed by the band's professional musicians.

“I think the Long Beach Municipal Band is one of the best things about Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “At 109 years, it is the longest running municipal band in the country and provides a chance for neighbors and families to gather for relaxing evenings of picnicking, entertainment and great music.”

The Long Beach Municipal Band is conducted by Larry Curtis, now in his 26th year as conductor. Each performance will end with selections from talented vocalists accompanied by the Long Beach Municipal Band's Studio Band.

"The old-fashioned concert in the park is one of the finest family entertainment experiences available," said Conductor Larry Curtis. "Many who attend the concerts bring picnic dinners and blankets or lawn chairs. It’s a very festive atmosphere."

“The Sizzling Sounds of Summer,” made possible with sponsorship from the Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine, Energy Resources, and Public Works, as well as Partner of Parks and the Port of Long Beach, will include:

  • In Week 1, The Barnum and Bailey Salute, a tribute to the band that provided the musical excitement for circus performances. Jazz legend Barbara Morrison returns to sing with The Studio Band.
  • In Week 2, A Star-Spangled Salute. The state legislature has proclaimed the week of July Fourth to be “Long Beach Municipal Band Week.” The Studio Band will celebrate with a tribute to “The Andrew Sisters,” performed by the sensational Swing Dolls!
  • In Week 3, A Musical Journey, which highlights various cultures with music from around the world. Meloney Collins will lend her considerable musical talents.
  • In Week 4, Southern Harmonies, that features music inspired by the confluence of French, African, and Spanish traditions that resulted in the birth of Creole and Cajun cultures. The vocal artist, Julie Ragins, closes this evening of American originals.
  • In Week 5, Off Broadway, which features a myriad of songs from Broadway musicals. Audiences will also enjoy the entertainer, Tony Galla, with The Studio Band.
  • In Week 6, Latin Heat, which is the season finale that features Latin music. Nicole Kubis joins The Studio Band to complete the evening.

A complete listing of dates and concert locations is available at: http://www.longbeach.gov/park/recreation-programs/programs-and-classes/live-outdoor-bands/.

For more information about the Long Beach Municipal Band, residents can visit:

www.longbeach.gov/park/recreation-programs/programs-and-classes/summer-family-entertainment/concerts-in-the-park/.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award four times. PRM provides leisure programs and services to residents and visitors, which improve quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 171 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space, and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the City's Open Space Plan, provides recreational opportunities to meet diverse community needs, maintains public marinas, and provides for public safety and the humane treatment of animals.

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