Community Band



  • Our Community Band is performing on Sunday - Professional venue - program is below. A bit of a chop buster.

    Coronation March - Tchaikovsky
    Mambo - L Bernstein
    Gershwin Tribute to Love
    Raiders March - Williams
    An American Elegy - Tichelli
    Suite Francaise - Milhaud
    Liberty Bell March - Sousa
    The Lord of the Dance



  • I think this is a good feed for a dedicated thread. For all of the "community band" (or other amateurs): What are you playing? What are your programs? Where are you performing? What are the issues affecting your survival.
    I would love to see the programing for other groups around the country. Concert Band, Quintets, Jazz Bands etc..



  • Next Wednesday our band is booked to play a reception for A Volunteer Award night. The event runs from 6:30 to 9:00 pm and we play as people arrive and at various times throughout the evening. Below is our play list :
    Cabaret
    Alley Cat
    Disney Film Favorites Medley
    Snowbird
    King Of The Road
    Over The Rainbow
    Rock Around The Clock
    Pennsylvania Polka
    Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
    Mambo No. 5
    Looney Tunes Overture
    What A Wonderful World
    Colonel Bogey March
    The Way We Were
    Hawaii Five O theme
    Sweet Caroline

    Lots of lip burners here. I hope I survive...☺



  • Just got Home...
    MOORABOOL LIGHT ORCHESTRA Celebration of Stage & Screen
    Saturday Evening 6 April 2019: Doors Open: 7pm: Music from 7.40pm

    o “Overture to The Pirates of Penzance”
    o “The Hills are Alive” (Sound of Music) - (Maxine)
    o “Serenade” (The Student Prince) - (Robert)
    o “Anthem” (Chess) - (Roger)
    o “Moon River” (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
    oTheme from “Schindler’s List”
    “Remembrances”
    LO
    “My Fair Lady Medley”
    o Orchestral Introduction
    o “I could have Danced all Night” (Maxine)
    o “Street where you Live” (Robert)
    o “Wouldn’t it be Loverly” (Maxine)
    o “Get me to the Church on Time” (Roger)
    o “I’ve grown Accustomed to her face” (Robert)
    o “With a Little Bit of Luck” (Roger)
    o Short Reprise Fine: “Street Where you Live” (Robert & Maxine)

    MOORABOOL LIGHT ORCHESTRA
    “What’s UP Symphony” (Bugs Bunny Classics)

    MOORABOOL LIGHT ORCHESTRA
    • Maxine – Robert – Roger
    o “Climb Every Mountain”

    INTERVAL

    =========================

    DRAWING OF THE DOOR PRIZE RAFFLE

    MOORABOOL LIGHT ORCHESTRA
    o “Seventy-Six Trombones” (The Music Man)

    -2-

    MLO: ROGER LEMKE & ROBERT BARBARO
    o “In the Depths of the Temple”
    (Duet from “The Pearl Fishers” - Bizet)

    MOORABOOL CONCERT BAND
    o “Orpheus in the Underworld”

    ADAM DEAN (Piano Accordion)
    o (Title Song from) “Howls Moving Castle”

    ADAM DEAN (Piano Accordion)
    ROBERT WRZASZCZ (Violin)
    o “La Noyee” (from the film ‘Amelie’)

    MLO
    MAXINE MONTGOMERY
    o “Send in the Clowns”

    MOORABOOL LIGHT ORCHESTRA
    o “Pirates of the Caribbean”

    MLO: HONEY ROUHANI
    ROBERT BARBARO

    “O Mio Babbino Caro” (Honey)

    “Think of Me” (Honey)
    “All Ask of You” (Honey - Robert)

    FINALE: MOORABOOL LIGHT ORCHESTRA
    o Maxine Montgomery - Roger Lemke - Robert Barbaro - Honey Rouhani

    “Les Miserables”
    o Orchestral Opening – “At the End of the Day”
    o “I Dreamed a Dream” (Maxine)
    o “Master of the House” (Orchestra)
    o “Stars” (Roger)
    o “On my Own” (Honey)
    o Bring Him Home” (Robert)
    o “Do you hear the People Sing” – ALL

    MLO PLAYOUT



  • @Peter-Mac said in Community Band:

    HONEY ROUHANI
    ROBERT BARBARO

    What a wonderful night; fantastic international singers, and the Town Hall was jumping. Had a ball. We only do about 4 rehearsals with this Orchestra. It does not rehearse weekly...so our next performance is September, so will probably start rehearsals again in late July/August.

    Tomorrow,..ahh that's now today, I will be playing with a Jazz Combo group at a Lions Market day. Only 3 hours, 10 to 1pm. Then a photoshoot. Another late day.



  • That's a lot of playing there, Peter. Makes my gig look pretty easy. Good luck today with the Jazz Combo group.



  • @fels said in Community Band:

    Our Community Band is performing on Sunday - Professional venue - program is below. A bit of a chop buster.

    Coronation March - Tchaikovsky
    Mambo - L Bernstein
    Gershwin Tribute to Love
    Raiders March - Williams
    An American Elegy - Tichelli
    Suite Francaise - Milhaud
    Liberty Bell March - Sousa
    The Lord of the Dance

    I hope there's an intermission planned. 👹



  • One of my two community bands is a sight reading band. Everybody loves sight reading so much that this band has been in existence for over 100 years. (No kidding.) That's no big deal to our colleagues in the UK and similar places in "the old country". But for California, it's quite unusual.

    The band actually got started by the musicians union in San Francisco to give unemployed and underemployed professional musicians a place to go on Friday nights, hang out, and practice sight reading if they had no gig. It still meets on Friday nights.

    The band has no connection to the union today, and is a city park & rec group. But it has accumulated a large music library partly by inheriting the music libraries from other bands that were disbanding. (Can a band actually disband? Need to think about that one.)

    Although we are a sight reading band, we do occasionally perform at city events and just for fun. A couple of weeks ago was one of the fun performances. The conceit of this performance was that the director decided we should perform pieces that relate to places that either never really existed or used to exist but are now gone. The title was "Evanescence". The order of battle was:

    • Fiume March (The national march of a country that existed between 1920 and 1924. Now a part of Croatia.)
    • Camelot excerpts
    • Le Lac des Fées ("The Fairly Lake" opera excerpts)
    • Atlantis the Lost Continent (more opera excerpts)
    • San Francisco (Open Your Golden Gate)
    • Brigadoon excerpts
    • Man of La Mancha excerpts
    • Alhambra Grotto (circus march)
    • The Mystic Land of Egypt march
    • Beyond the Blue Horizon arrangement

    As a sight reading band, we only run these maybe twice before performing, so the quality wasn't great, but nobody threw fruit. I always consider that a triumph deluxe.



  • Actually "Alhambra Grotto" is a really fun circus march that you rarely hear. I recognized it from when I lived in St. Louis since Alhambra Grotto was one of the parts of the "Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophet..." This is the St. Louis version of Mardi Gras. The composer (King) was apparently a circus band master, among other things, who wrote it for the Alhambra Grotto organization. Circus marches are very fast and high-energy. You can't really march comfortably to them in the traditional sense. Here's a good recording. (Not by us.)...



  • @fels said in Community Band:

    Our Community Band is performing on Sunday - Professional venue - program is below. A bit of a chop buster.

    Coronation March - Tchaikovsky
    Mambo - L Bernstein
    Gershwin Tribute to Love
    Raiders March - Williams
    An American Elegy - Tichelli
    Suite Francaise - Milhaud
    Liberty Bell March - Sousa
    The Lord of the Dance

    Looks great.
    Our program coming up in May looks like this.

    The Town Crier March [1960] / Leonard B. Smith
    Russian Sailor’s Dance from “The Red Poppy” [1927] / Reinhold Glière/Merle Isaac
    Au Clair de la Lune [1926], John Anastasio on Solo Clarinet / Paul Jeanjean
    World War I Medley [2017] / arr. Jari Villanueva
    Pavanne from “2nd American Symphonette” [1938] / Morton Gould
    Sea Songs [1983] / Thomas Knox
    Sesqui-Centennial Exposition March* [1926] / John Philip Sousa
    INTERMISSION

    El Capitan March* [1896] / John Philip Sousa
    Band of Brothers [2001] / Michael Kamen/Jerry Brubaker
    Limehouse Blues [2016] / Philip Braham/John Anastasio
    Oklahoma! [1943] / Richard Rodgers/R. R. Bennett
    Humoresque on “Swanee” [1920] / George Gershwin/J. P. Sousa/Brion
    Armed Forces Salute [1964] / Robert Cray
    The Stars and Stripes Forever March* [1896] / John Philip Sousa



  • Looking over various "set lists" from people, I have noticed that George's music is on par with The Shriners Band here in town. We are sort of a "community band" type of arrangement, but yet we're Shriners as well as Freemasons.

    Here's a sample from our "set list" (Note: it is mostly marches, which --no offense-- can get rather tiring/annoying after a while. I mean, like, "another march? seriously?": 🙄 )

    Alamo
    Chimes of Liberty
    The Saint's Hallelujah
    Colonel Bogey
    Covington Square
    Battle of Midway
    The Happy Wanderer
    Allied Honor
    Hoop-Dee-Doo
    E Pluribus Unum
    Gallant Marines
    The Longest Day
    The Footlifter
    Just A Closer Walk With Thee
    Highlights from My Fair Lady
    Highlights from Man Of La Mancha
    Highlights from South Pacific
    The Klaxon
    ......................................................................
    As the new 2019 VP of the band, I am trying to persuade the "older guys" to lighten up a bit and have some fun. Let's play something more lively and more towards the jazzy Big Band type of sound. Enough with the marches already, sheesh...
    I am pushing for us to get copies of:
    It's Only A Paper Moon (full arrangement, not the basic HS jazz band setup).
    Here's That Rainy Day (again - full arrangement, not the basic HS jazz band setup).



  • Does this count?

    The Eddie Brookshire Jazz Orchestra is playing a "Community Band Concert" at a local area high school on Monday at 3:30 pm for a school assembly honoring Jazz Appreciation Month. We are playing:

    Manteca
    Little Pixie II
    Nutville
    Aja
    Kansas City
    It Don't Mean a Thing
    Perdido
    Valdez in the Country
    Blue Rondo al a Turk
    Stolen Moments

    The center of the band in action:
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    I see community groups trying to play way too difficult of music. I subbed in a community orchestra that was playing Also Sprach and Tchaik 6. I'm sorry, but those are very difficult pieces and really should be left to the pros.



  • As i listed starting this thread -- our program last Sunday was:

    Coronation March - Tchaikovsky
    Mambo - L Bernstein
    Gershwin Tribute to Love
    Raiders March - Williams
    An American Elegy - Tichelli
    Suite Francaise - Milhaud
    Liberty Bell March - Sousa
    The Lord of the Dance

    Some of these were truncated but nevertheless difficult. It was a long program and we pulled it off. The second group played Holst 2. They pulled it off. The previous week our Jazz band programed:

    Day by Day -- arranged by Bill Stapleton
    Blue Bossa - arr To Kubis
    Girl Talk -- Hefts
    In the wee Small Hours -- arr Billy Byers
    Satin Doll -- arr Sammy Nestico
    Critics Choice -- Oliver Nelson
    Tribute - Bob Mintzer
    When You Go -- Brown arr by Goeff Keezer
    Spectrum - Bob Mintzer
    Emanicpatoin Blues - Olliver Nelson
    Splanky - Hefti

    these were all original professional charts -- and we did very well.

    My point is not to limit or discount "community bands".



  • @ButchA said in Community Band:

    Looking over various "set lists" from people, I have noticed that George's music is on par with The Shriners Band here in town. We are sort of a "community band" type of arrangement, but yet we're Shriners as well as Freemasons.

    Here's a sample from our "set list" (Note: it is mostly marches, which --no offense-- can get rather tiring/annoying after a while. I mean, like, "another march? seriously?": 🙄 )

    Alamo
    Chimes of Liberty
    The Saint's Hallelujah
    Colonel Bogey
    Covington Square
    Battle of Midway
    The Happy Wanderer
    Allied Honor
    Hoop-Dee-Doo
    E Pluribus Unum
    Gallant Marines
    The Longest Day
    The Footlifter
    Just A Closer Walk With Thee
    Highlights from My Fair Lady
    Highlights from Man Of La Mancha
    Highlights from South Pacific
    The Klaxon
    ......................................................................
    As the new 2019 VP of the band, I am trying to persuade the "older guys" to lighten up a bit and have some fun. Let's play something more lively and more towards the jazzy Big Band type of sound. Enough with the marches already, sheesh...
    I am pushing for us to get copies of:
    It's Only A Paper Moon (full arrangement, not the basic HS jazz band setup).
    Here's That Rainy Day (again - full arrangement, not the basic HS jazz band setup).

    Looks plenty ambitious, Butch! Nice.



  • Butch - what is the difference between a full arrangement and a basic HS jazz band setup? Thanks.



  • From what I have seen, the full arrangement includes clarinets, flutes, french horn, etc... --- things you don't see in a common jazz band setup.

    I assume the writer/arranger added the parts in case a director wanted to use the piece in a concert band type of setup.



  • Personally, I'd like to see our band do more of the old standards. I am honestly not a big band player. I much preferred playing lead with a small combo like I did for 12 years in my teens and twenties. However, even though, as one of two First trumpet players, we don't get to play melody in our band's arrangement of The Way We Were, I do enjoy the company of my fellow musicians, and do like the full sound of the band when I listen to the recording someone did on their I-Phone.



  • @ButchA said in Community Band:

    ...the full arrangement includes clarinets, flutes, french horn, etc... --- things you don't see in a common jazz band setup.

    Unless it's a Gill Evans arrangement.



  • @Dr-GO said in Community Band:

    @ButchA said in Community Band:

    ...the full arrangement includes clarinets, flutes, French horn, etc... --- things you don't see in a common jazz band setup.

    Unless it's a Gill Evans arrangement.

    And which also "includes" several instruments left out. 😀

    Butch - what you are describing is not the difference between a full arrangement and a H.S. jazz band, but between a concert band and a jazz band.


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