The Rockport Legion Band is Recruiting!

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.

Rockport Legion Band Featured on “Brasscast”

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.

Help Save An American Tradition.

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.