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.

New CD Now Available By Mail!

The Rockport Legion Band wishes to announce the completion of its new CD; the public release date is June 1, 2011. However, they are currently available by mail. You can obtain an advance copy by sending a donation in the form of a check or money order for $14.00 (which covers all handling and postage) to the following address:

The Rockport Legion Band
c/o Bob Rudolph, Treasurer
24 Bass Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

We would to thank Phyllis Kaplan for her kind permission to use a painting by her late husband Henry as the basis for the disc’s cover. The painting depicts one of Rockport’s annual traditions — the Firemen’s (sic) Parade and Bonfire on July 4th. There is a link to the Kaplan Gallery in the band blog roll to the right of this page — please visit them.

The CD contains 16 tracks of marches and other music from the band’s current repertoire. There are some teaser tracks now posted on Jukebox Alive! which is linked in the column to your right.

If you would like to subscribe to future postings, please click on the “e-mail subscriptions” link at the bottom of the right hand column.

Track listing for “Parade!”

1. The Avenger March (King)
2. The Iowa Brigade Band (Jewell)
3. Monia — Marcia (Soglia)
4. On The Square (Panella)
5. Merry-Go-Round Galop (Rosenkrans)
6. Old 98: In memorium R.E. Puff (Thomas)
7. Radetzky March (Strauss)
8. Admiral Mayo’s March (Rosenkrans)
9. Erba — Marcia (Soglia)
10. The Hoosier Club March (Sack)
11. The Baltimore American (Burton)
12. Il Cinghiale — Marcia (Soglia)
13. The Hippodrome (Huff)
14. The Mad Major (Alford)
15. Visalia Galop (Richards)
16. Gollmar Brothers’ (sic) Triumphal (Huffer)

Happy New Year! Come Join Us.

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.

We’re Recruiting!

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.

Now’s The Time to Join Us!

We’re recruiting players for all of our sections. If you’re one of those “rusty” musicians who played a concert band instrument with some proficiency, but slacked off playing when you got out of school, please consider coming up to Rockport to join our rehearsals. If you enjoy the experience, consider joining our group.

From now until the end of April, we’ll be reading through all kinds of music: some new, and some really old. Some of the music we’ll use during our upcoming seventy-seventh season of summer concerts in 2010, and some we’ll decide we don’t want to keep in our library at all.

There are only a few scheduled performances during this time (see “General Performance Schedule” Page), so there is very little pressure on individual players “to perform” in public.

To your right (“Our “Wish List”), there is a list of our particular instrumental shortages. Please note that we accept all players. It’s up to the individual to determine if we’re the right group for them to join (degree of music difficulty, etc.), so come give us a try.