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Posted on June 11th, 2017

To the Friends of the Pomona Concert Band,

Pomona Concert Band Announces 70th Annual Summer Concert Schedule

The Pomona Concert Band announces its 70th Annual Summer Concert Series to be held at the G. Stanton Selby Bandshell, behind the Community Center building in Ganesha Park, 1575 North White Avenue, on Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m. starting July 6th.  The band is sponsored by the City of Pomona. This series will include nine Thursday evening concerts with the finale on August 31st plus two bonus concerts.  All performances are free to the public, so bring you lawn chair, visit the band's concession stand or bring your picnic basket, and enjoy an evening of music.

The opening concert on Thursday July 6th will celebrate the band's "70th Anniversary Concert" and will feature a special fanfare written for the occasion and music to honor founder by G. Stanton Selby.  The band will be directed by Linda Taylor and Jorge Garcia.  Mayor Tim Sandoval will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening that will include "Silverado," "Flight of Valor" and "Star Wars, The Force Awakens."

The Pomona Concert Band will present two very special bonus concerts on special evenings as part of their summer concert series this summer as they host the Claremont Symphony Orchestra on Sunday July 9th.  They will have an Instrument Petting Zoo again this year where children can try out instruments.  This will start at 6:30 PM and the concert titled "Audience Favorites from Broadway, Film & Light Classics" will start at 7:00 PM.  They will also have food for sale.  Please mark this special time and date on your calendars!

The second of our regular concerts is on July 13th and has the theme of "An Eclectic Experience."  The concert will feature "Inglesina," "Drumbeat Jamboree" and "Hootenany."  The MC for evening will be Pomona Unified School District board member Mr. Jason Rothman.

On Thursday July 20th the band will present a concert titled "Numerical Mania" directed by Linda Taylor and MC'd by Councilman Rubio Gonzalez.  This concert will have music with numbers in their titles such as "1812 Overture," "2nd Suite in F" and "Around the World in 80 Days."

"Overture" will be the theme for the concert on Thursday July 27th, directed by Dr. Jorge Garcia.  Pieces written as an overture will be featured including "Overture to Candide," "Overture from 'Kismet'" and "Sunlit Summits Overture."

On August 3rd and August 10th our concerts will display that "PCB's Got Talent."  These concerts will feature many of our regular band members conducting the band on pieces they have chosen for the band.  We are very fortunate to have these talented individuals in our band and we want to give them a chance to shine.  We will feature clarinet section leader James Lytthans, trombonist Kerry Kline, Stephen Klein who plays euphonium, trumpeters Miyoshi Feliciano and Christopher Northrop, french horn player Karen Greenwood, percussionist Lucas Critchfield, and Sarah Silva and David Schaafsma from the tuba section.

On August 17th the concert will be a "Retro Concert from 1990" with music taken from one of the band's 1990 programs.  The concert will be directed by Linda Taylor and Jorge Garcia with Councilman Robert Torres as MC.  Featured music will be "Selections from My Fair Lady," "Music from Dr. Zhivago," "Amparito Roca" conducted by Robert Selby, and "Selections from The King and I."

For concert number eight on Thursday August 24th the band will present "Big Band and Broadway" featuring music from hit Broadway Shows and the Big Band Era.  Linda Taylor and Jorge Garcia will conduct and the concert will be MC'd by Edmund Fry.  This program will feature "Showboat," "Big Band Signatures" and "Highlights from Beauty and the Beast."

The Pomona Concert Band will present the second of our two special bonus concerts when we host the Golden State British Brass Band at a special time and date on Sunday August 27th at 6:00 p.m. in the G. Stanton Selby Band Shell.  Conductor Jack Hollander will take the brass band through a wide variety of British band music along with many American favorites.  They have been a crowd favorite for the past several summers.  Don't miss this great addition to this year's concert schedule!

The Pomona Concert Band's final summer concert on Thursday August 31st is titled "Star Spangled Spectacular" and will feature music that is patriotic or has a title that displays real Americana.  Included in the program are "American Folk Rhapsody #3," "An American in Paris," "The Olympic Spirit" and John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."  The MC for the evening will be Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval.  Lots of great music for your enjoyment to close out the band's 2017 Summer Concert Series.

This year promises to be the best summer of music yet, so please join the Pomona Concert Band for their 70th Anniversary of Music in the Park representing the City of Pomona.

The Pomona Concert Band is under the baton of Linda W. Taylor, Conductor and Musical Director, and Dr. Jorge Garcia, Assistant Conductor.  Band members come from Pomona and more than twenty surrounding communities to make music together.  The Pomona Concert Band was founded by G. Stanton Selby in 1947 as part of a local Pomona American Legion Post.  The Band has represented the City of Pomona in countless events and performances over the years, including tours of Europe and Japan in 1985 and 1988.  The band represented the city in April 2015 with a stellar performance at the Association of Concert Bands Convention in Sacramento, California.

Donations to the band are always welcome and appreciated.  The community can help support the Pomona Concert Band by becoming a supporter of The Friends of the Pomona Concert Band at the FRIENDS level ($99 & under), PATRONS ($100+), BENEFACTORS ($500+) and DISTINGUISHED BENEFACTORS ($1,000+).  All Donor's names will be included on every program and our website for the entire concert season.  The Friends of the Pomona Concert Band is a registered charity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501 C (3).  Checks may be made out to:  Friends of the Pomona Concert Band, P.O. Box 2753, Pomona, CA 91769.

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