PRESS RELEASE

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

10/21/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 10212021
Subject:
Long Beach Dedicates Section of Marine Stadium to Former Municipal Band Conductor Larry Curtis
Public invited to dedication ceremony with live music on October 30
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is inviting the community to a dedication ceremony for Conductor Larry Curtis Concert Park, a section of Marine Stadium being named in the honor of the longtime leader of the Long Beach Municipal Band.

“The Long Beach Municipal Band is an important part of our city’s commitment to arts and culture,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “It’s fitting that a section of Marine Stadium is being named for the late Mr. Larry Curtis, a person who long played such an important role in bringing music to our parks and greater community.”

Conductor Larry Curtis Concert Park is being dedicated with a sign unveiling and Dixieland-style performance by some of the band’s members at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 30, at 5255 Paoli Way, where the Municipal Band regularly plays during the summer months. 

Following an item brought forth by Councilwoman Suzie Price and approved by the City Council at large, the naming recognizes Curtis’s legacy as the leader of the Municipal Band for 27 years, conducting more than 700 concerts. Curtis died last year at age 82. His son, Kurt Curtis, is now the band’s conductor. 

“I was so glad to be able to introduce the naming of this park after Larry Curtis,” Price said. “He infused so much joy and fun and enthusiasm into the community over his 27 years and 700 concerts as conductor of the Muni Band, that adding his name to this park space is the perfect way to memorialize him. Additionally, the amazing community support and love felt for Larry has made this naming a truly community driven effort. I look forward to attending future Muni Band concerts held at the beautiful Conductor Larry Curtis Concert Park.”

For more information regarding the dedication ceremony, contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine at 562.570.3150. 

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 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 and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 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 169 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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