Date(s) - 05/30/2016
Murphys Community Park
The 2016 music season in Murphys Community Park will get an exciting and eclectic kick-off when the Calaveras Community Band presents a special Memorial Day concert under the direction of conductor Mic Harper on Monday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m.
There is no admission charge for the program that will honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces in the past and those currently stationed around the world. The band, that traces its history to California’s gold rush days, will perform a mixture of patriotic songs, marches, jazz, Latin music, and even some instrumental opera.
“As conductor,” states Harper, “I am always searching for new music that best suits our ensemble, engaging the musicians and entertaining our audiences at the same time. This season we are delving into the world of opera with the lovely Flower Duet from Lakme by Leo Delibes, pairing soprano saxophone and B flat clarinet solo voices. Other selections include my personal favorite John Philip Sousa’s The Black Horse Troop, W.C. Handy’s Beale Street Blues, some Henry Mancini, Scott Joplin, and even a selection from Jacques Offenbach.”
Families and other members of the community are invited to pack a picnic dinner and enjoy this start of the season concert. There will not be any food or beverages for sale in the park.
Through the cooperation of the Murphys Community Club, during the warm-weather months, starting May 16, the band holds its weekly Monday rehearsals in the park’s distinctive gazebo. Jazz rehearsal begins around 5:00 PM, a short informal concert with the full band at 6:30 PM, followed by rehearsal from 7:30 to 8:30 PM.
“Please join us, bring your picnic dinner to relax for the evening with family and friends in Murphys beautiful park” says Harper.
The band is always looking for musicians to join it in providing entertainment throughout Calaveras County.
“We are in great need of brass, flutes and clarinets,” says Harper. “We are a fun group that gets great joy out of providing all forms of band music in the Mother Lode. No matter your age, you can find a place with us. Many people who have not played for years discover that they still have chops.”
Anyone wanting to learn more about becoming a band member should call Carol Betz at 728-9057. The band’s website is calaverascommunityband.org.
Murphys Community Park is located on Algiers St. in historic downtown Murphys. The Murphys Community Club, that has oversight of the park, is hosting eight music-centered events from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Membership in the club is open to everyone and contributions are tax deductible. For further information, go to the web site www.gocalaveras.com/murphys-community-club or call 728-8183.