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.
There used to be a tradition in America — the town or community band. At the turn of the Twentieth Century, there were some 20,000 community bands in the United States, each serving its individual community, and maybe neighboring areas. Now, there are only about a thousand throughout our country. We are one of that thousand groups remaining.
If you are a musician who has (1) played in the past and is thinking of returning to your instrument, or (2) is playing currently and need an outlet for your talent, please consider joining us in maintaining this American tradition.
We play a mixture of music ranging from the turn of the Twentieth Century to current popular music, including marches, show tunes, arrangements of songs by popular performers, movie music, concert music, classic overtures, and so on. There is a listing of our last several years of performances on our page of “Previous Concert Programs”.
If you’d like to leave a comment or contact us about sitting in, please do so below or by e-mail. There is a link to a one-hour documentary about community and town bands in our blog roll (in the column to the right) titled “Meet the Band”. If you’re interested, give it a viewing. It’s not us, but it builds the case for why we do what we do.
The program for Concert #3 is posted below. Steve Thomas will conduct the music this evening. As always, we welcome children; we have musical activities planned for them, but we do ask that they do not yell and scream during the music. They are always welcome to run around, but quietly.
Concert listing moved to “Previous Concert Programs”.
Our first rehearsal of 2011 will be January 6 at 7:30 in the Legion Hall on Beach Street. If you’re coming to play with us for the first time, make sure you have directions by contacting us at our mail address.
We have some exciting new music as well as some gems from our library scheduled for the evening, so bring an extra set of lips (and a musician friend or two) and get set for an enjoyable couple of hours of playing.
Thanks to “The Band” for a great year of wonderful performances. Audiences have been extremely complimentary and you should be pleased with yourselves.
We are looking for a few more players. Our permanent wish list is located in the column to your right, but we have section openings for four clarinet players (three Bb sopranos and a bass) and a flute or two in addition to the Wish List. We could also use an additional Euphonium (B.C.) player.
If you played credibly in high school or college, and would like to continue, give us a try. We have our general performance schedule and listing of past programs listed on other pages if you are interested.
I have just added to our blog roll a link to the music of Arthur Lemos. Mr. Lemos is a composer and teacher from Texas. The link is titled “Free Modern Band Music”, as opposed to the link entitled “PDF Band Library”, which features music from the early 20th Century. Mr. Lemos is still living.
All of the music on his site is available for download; there are also many recordings of the pieces posted. These works would be ideal for a community or school band on a limited budget.
Please check out his music.