Long Beach Municipal Band Summer Concert Series

The Enchanting World of Music

WEEK 1

Strike Up the Bands

We start off the 2017 Summer Concert Series with a salute to the Big Band Era when Swing was king and dance floors across the Nation resounded with the music of great dance bands such as Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, and Duke Ellington.  Add the sensational vocalist Barbara Morrison to the evening and this concert will be one you won’t want to miss!

WEEK 2

From Sea to Shining Sea

This title is borrowed from the last strain of “America the Beautiful” and is a perfect way to introduce music associated with the various regions of our country. Join us on this musical journey, which ends in Washington D.C. with a stirring tribute to the branches of our military followed by our National March, “Stars and Stripes Forever!” The energetic singing of Becky Martin ends the evening with a bang.

WEEK 3

Those “Looney” Tunes

Bring the kids, young and old, as this music was written for all ages. If you like, come in costume for the occasion!  Animated movies provide inspiration for composers to let their hair down and create the craziest and zaniest of music. It takes highly trained performers to play it well. Come listen and enjoy as your Long Beach Municipal Band gives it a try. The beautiful and talented Nicole Kubis joins the party.  Fun for the entire family.

WEEK 4

Behind the Scenes

Early movie theaters showing silent films realized the need to add live music in order to create more emotional involvement with their audiences. This process continues today. This concert’s selections were originally composed as background material to enhance a film’s drama. These scores presented such a powerful statement that, even though intended to be “behind the scenes,” they are now as famous as the films themselves.  At the “front of the scene” will be the stylized vocalization of Meloney Collins.

WEEK 5

Cinemagic – The Music of John Williams

John Williams is the most prolific composer of our time. The volume of his works for films and concert halls speak for themselves.  Over 110 films scores, 15 orchestral works, and 12 television show themes – all in the last 40 years! To date, John Williams has received over 50 Grammy awards. Conductor Curtis has selected a representative group of compositions for your enjoyment in honor of this great American music icon. To add to the festivities we welcome vocalist Julie Ragins to the stage.

WEEK 6

The Music of a Generation

This last week of our 2017 season promises to be one of the highlights of summer. Each generation has its own soundtrack. This program presents some of the most defining voices from the late 50’s into the 80’s. From ultimate Classic Rock, to Pop, R&B and the Blues we end the season with a rollicking good time!  Vocalist Tony Galla returns with the Studio Band to round out our enchanted summer of music.

TWO ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES

Elm Street Band
August 11th

Knyte Ryder
August 18th

Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Management Plan

Our City’s urban tree canopy is vital to our livability and sustainability, and during this historic drought street trees that go without critical watering pose a tremendous public safety risk. A large majority of our parkway trees were planted in an era with conditions much different than today, and therefore, it is imperative that we develop a corresponding street tree life-cycle management plan for tree removal, replacement and maintenance. Read more of the agenda item here.

Parks Initiative Fostering Public-Private Partnerships

On June 21, I introduced a Council item requesting the City Manager to authorize the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine to conduct a parks facilities and recreation programs analysis report to inform the development of a pilot program designed around new public-private partnership proposals to benefit community programs, facilities and services. Read more of the agenda item here.

BizFed

The Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), an alliance of 150 business groups representing 272,000 companies that employ nearly three million people, recognized the City of Long Beach as one of the top five most business-friendly cities in Los Angeles County. Read more.

National Night Out

NNO1 8-5-14National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Last year, I sponsored an item that cancelled our regular Tuesday City Council meeting in order for Councilmembers to be able to attend the NNO events. This year, certain budget items must be approved on Tuesday, August 2 when NNO is scheduled to take place. If you would like to host a NNO event earlier on Monday, August 1 or if you would like one of my team members to help coordinate your event with LBPD for Tuesday, August 2, please let us know here.

A Year in Review

CaptureThis month marks the halfway point of my term serving as your elected representative, and I am encouraged by the great work we are accomplishing and am energized by what I know is possible. I truly believe in the strength and vitality of our neighborhoods, the compassion and commitment of our residents to each other, and our diverse and talented community partners. To learn more about the State of the Fifth District, click here.

Tracy’s Bar and Grill

tracys_logoAs we begin to make our way through our summer checklists, eating out surely figures into our planning of things to do, places to see and people to visit.

I recently had the pleasure of filming a Go Long Beach segment at one of my favorite Fifth District establishments, Tracy’s Bar and Grill, where you can get fresh food in a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. In June 1999, three sisters – Kristi, Jill and Stacy – proudly accepted the keys from the former owner, Long Beach police officer Mike Tracy and his wife, and have been serving up a great experience ever since.

Whether you are hosting a summer party, gathering with friends and neighbors or just looking for a culinary escape, the Fifth District has an array of terrific restaurants just like Tracy’s.

Click here to see the Go Long Beach segment.

Technology as an Economic Driver

At the intersection of people, communities, businesses and government is the need for technology infrastructure to keep pace with growing populations and which position cities to compete in getting the best jobs through comprehensive economic development strategies. On May 3, I introduced a “dig once” policy that will create a road map for coordinating capital projects with the installation of conduits/fiber optic cables and minimizing the number of excavations in our public right-of-way; thus, improving our economic position without more costs or inconveniences to neighbors. Agenda item here.

Modernization of Bus Shelters

I recently co-authored an agenda item requesting the City Manager to work with Long Beach Transit to explore partnerships, costs, feasibility and options to update and modernize bus shelters and to return to the Council with recommendations within ninety days. Agenda item here.