Press release sent Thursday, January 24, 2013.
It’s with regret and profound gratitude for his service that the Rockport Legion Band announces the retirement of Steve Thomas. Steve and his wife, Jane are returning to California this spring. Steve played in the Band from 1995 to 2000. He became Co-Director (with Jason Howard) when Bob Puff retired in 2007. Steve has conducted half our concerts and rehearsals. He also ably took on the announcements at concerts, formerly done by Doc Mann, started and maintained the Band’s website http://rockportlegionband.wordpress.com/ , organized and produced our two CD’s, and composed “The Old 98 March” in memory of Bob Puff. Steve has been willing to do everything for the Band. And he has done it well. He is a good musician with high standards. He has helped make us a better Band. We wish health and happiness for Steve and Jane.
And we are very pleased that Jim Davison has agreed to serve as our new Co-Director. Jim has taught music in the Rockport schools, both elementary and high school, since 1974. He retired as Director of Music at the end of the 2011/2012 school year. He conducted his first rehearsal last week. We are so fortunate that Jim is willing to lead us and are looking forward to playing under his baton.
We’re looking for additional players on ALL concert band instruments. If you were a competent player in high school or college and have “lapsed” in your playing, this is the place to get back to playing on a regular basis! If you are a current player looking for a regular rehearsal venue, this is it! If you play any of the instruments on our “Wish List” to the right, please contact us.
We do not audition or have a “play-in”. Come join us for a few rehearsals and see if you’d like to become a member. If you’re interested or have questions, please leave a comment to that effect.
You can “check us out” on any of our recording links — either Cape Ann Web or Jukebox Alive in the column on the right, or on our “Recordings” page at the top of your screen.
The performance lists for the 2012 summer concert series have been moved to the “Previous Concert Programs” page.
Thursday, January 3, 2013 (!) — first rehearsal of the New Year
Thursday, January 10, 2013 — second rehearsal of 2013.
Plan on rehearsals on our regular schedule, every Thursday evening at 7:30.
Clown Band: Please call George Ramsden at 978-546-3206 for information on the Clown Band for the Firemen’s Parade. The parade steps off at 6:00 P.M.
Bonfire Band: please e-mail us at rockportband(at)gmail.com to let us know that you’re planning on attending so we know which instrumental parts to have available. We begin playing at the end of the parade (about 8:15). We finish at about 9:00 P.M. Players at all levels are welcome.
“My advice to all who want to attend a lecture on music is: Don’t! Go to a concert instead”.
“99% of most audiences can’t tell a right note from a wrong one. You must play to the 1%.”
We will begin our summer schedule with our appearances on July 4. The Clown Band will perform in the Firemen’s (sic) Parade (details will be posted later) and the Bonfire Band (details also posted later) will perform on the Back Beach Bandstand in the evening. All musicians are welcome for either group; detailed contact information for both bands will be posted soon.
Our summer series of Sunday night bandstand concerts will begin on July 8 at 7:00 P.M. with Steve Thomas conducting. The eight weeks of performances will continue every Sunday evening through August 26. Program information will be posted here for each concert.
We had three appearances during the month of May this year. Two were at rehab facilities, and the third was an easy-access performance in Harvey Park (Rockport) at 1:00 P.M. on May 19 (during the Chamber of Commerce Motif #1 Day festivities). The actual program is posted on our “Previous Concert Programs” page.
Peter Ryan and Lucas Burns, hosts of the international band podcast “Brasscast”, have selected the Rockport Legion Band to be featured on their program of September 6, 2009.
The program will feature five tracks from the RLB’s CD “We Are The Rockport Legion Band” plus an interview that will give listeners an brief overview of the band. The musical examples are:
Duble: Galop Zip Boom
Sousa: Belle of Chicago March
Allen: General Mixup, U.S.A.
Lampe/Park: Watermelon Club Rag
Lowrey: Prince of Decorah Galop
We are, of course, thrilled to be recognized and featured on such a widely-heard program. Peter tells me that they have over 40,000 listeners worldwide! Not bad for a little band from the edge of the world.
“Brasscast” has, unfortunately, ceased to exist (like many Internet enterprises), so the program is now available by clicking on the “RLB on Brasscast” link to our media player (Jukebox Alive!) in the right hand column.
Many of you are visiting us because of our appearance on Brasscast ; you’re probably also interested in the free concert band music that’s available from the Band Music PDF Library. There is a link to the library in our Blog Roll in the column to the right side of the page. Just click on “PDF Library”, and their site should come right up. We hope you enjoy the results of their labors.
If you visited because you’re looking for a place to play, please contact us!