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Posted on June 20th, 2018
To the Friends of the Pomona Concert Band,
Pomona Concert Band 2018 Summer Concert Series
The Pomona Concert Band announces its 71st 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 our NEW downbeat time of 7:30 p.m. starting July 5th. The band is sponsored by the City of Pomona. This series will include nine Thursday evening concerts with the finale on August 30th 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 Pomona Concert Band is under the baton of Linda W. Taylor, Conductor and Musical Director, and Assistant Directors Dr. Jorge Garcia and Kerry Kline. 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.
The opening concert on Thursday July 5th is titled "An American Jubilee" and will feature music from the band's Spring Concert. 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 "An American Fanfare," "Resplendent Glory," "An American Elegy" and "West Side Story".
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 under the baton of Robert Sage on Sunday July 8th. 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 "Favorites from Hollywood and Broadway" 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 the band's regular summer concerts will be July 12th with the theme of "The British Are Coming," directed by Linda Taylor and MC'd by Edmund Fry The concert will feature "Loch Lomand," "Yorkshire Ballad," "A Welsh Rhapsody" and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera."
On Thursday July 19th the band will honor the Pomona Unified School District with a concert titled "Around the World" directed by Linda Taylor and Jorge Garcia. This concert will feature music from around the world such as "Ballet Egyptian," "Jamaican Rumba," "Mexican Hat Dance" and "Italian Festival." The MC for evening will be Pomona Unified School District board member Mr. Jason Rothman.
"God Bless America" will be the theme for the concert on Thursday July 26th, directed by Dr. Jorge Garcia and MC'd by Pomona City Councilman Rubio Gonzalez. Music celebrating America will include "Eternal Father Strong to Save," "The House I live In" featuring vocalist Isaac Gonzales, "March for a Marine" composed by Dr. Garcia, and "The Chimes of Liberty."
On August 2nd and August 9th 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, percussionists Lucas Critchfield and James Thompson, and Sarah Silva and David Schaafsma from the tuba section.
On August 16th the band will perform "Musical Odds and Ends" with music selected from a variety of musical genres. The concert will be directed by Linda Taylor and Jorge Garcia with Richard Pumerantz from Western University as the MC. Featured music will include "La Gazza Ladra," "Fantasia 2000," "You Raise Me Up" featuring vocalist Isaac Gonzales, and "Music for a Darkened Theater."
For concert number eight on Thursday August 23rd the band will present "A Salute to the Williams Guys" featuring music from composers with the last name of Williams. Linda Taylor and Jorge Garcia will conduct and the concert will be MC'd by Pomona City Councilwoman Elizabeth Ontiveros-Cole. The program will feature music composed by Clifton Williams, Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Williams.
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 26th 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 30th is titled "Great American Songbook" and will feature music that is most definitely made in America. Included in the program are "Hollywood Milestones," "Broadway Showstoppers," "Music of Disneyland" and John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever." The MC for the evening will be Pomona City Councilman Robert Torres. Lots of great music for your enjoyment to close out the band's 2018 Summer Concert Series.
This year promises to be the best summer of music yet, so please join the Pomona Concert Band for their 71st Anniversary of Music in the Park representing the City of Pomona.
The Pomona Concert Band has completely redesigned their webite and and released it on May 29th. You can go to www.pomonaconcertband.org to view all the new features including a new photo gallery and video gallery. The band has created a new YouTube Channel, along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram websites. So click on the ?icons at the bottom of this email and visit our sites and let us know what you think.
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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