PRESS RELEASE

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

8/11/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 081121
Subject:
Long Beach Municipal Band Set to Perform With Newly Appointed Conductor Kurt Curtis
The band’s 109th season kicks off August 17
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Parks, Recreation and Marine
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) Department Long Beach Municipal Band is welcoming residents and visitors back for its two-week season of free performances at parks throughout the city, beginning August 17, 2021.

"Long Beach Municipal Band performances are a special tradition for our city and we are excited to see their return," said Mayor Robert Garcia. "I encourage the community to come out to enjoy the music and join us in honoring the memory of longtime conductor Larry Curtis."

The first week's theme of "Strike Up the Band" will take listeners on a journey through major American music genres, including movie scores, musicals, the Big Band era and pop. The second half of the program will feature renowned jazz and blues singer Ms. Barbara Morrison, performing with the band.

Week two's program "A Celebration Through Music" will be a tribute to the late conductor Mr. Larry Curtis, who led the band for 27 years. Vocalist Ms. Nicole Kubis will join the band each evening following intermission.

These concerts start at 6:30 p.m. as follows:

Week 1: Strike Up the Band

  • Tuesday, August 17, Whaley Park, 5620 Atherton St.
  • Wednesday, August 18, Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Ave.
  • Thursdays, August 19, Marine Stadium Park, 5255 E. Paoli Way
  • Friday, August 20, El Dorado Park West, 2800 Studebaker Rd.

Week 2: A Celebration Through Music

  • Tuesday, August 24, Bluff Park, 2500 E. Ocean Blvd.
  • Wednesday, August 25, Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Ave.
  • Thursday, August 26, Marine Stadium Park, 5255 E. Paoli Way
  • Friday, August 27, El Dorado Park West, 2800 Studebaker Rd.

Mr. Kurt Curtis will succeed his father as conductor of the 112-year old, 40-piece professional band. The concerts were temporarily halted last year due to the pandemic and have returned for the community to enjoy during the two-week season. The band is expected to return to its normal six-week schedule in 2022.

More information about the Long Beach Municipal Band or other PRM programs can be found at longbeach.gov/park or by calling 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, 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.

For more information about the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine programs and services, visit www.longbeach.gov/park. Follow us on social to keep up with the latest news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube

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