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Hear Pomona Concert Band in series of outdoor summer concerts

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin logo Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 7/1/2022 Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Calif.

Jul. 1—The Pomona Concert Band will open its 75th annual summer concert series 7:30 Thursday, July 7, with "Symphonic Celebration," a concert featuring music written for the symphony hall.

The concert, and the others in the series, will be at the G. Stanton Selby Bandshell, behind the Community Center building in Ganesha Park, 1575 N. White Ave., Pomona.

Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval will serve as master of ceremonies for the opening concert, which will include "Light Cavalry Overture," "Let Freedom Ring" and "Symphonic Celebration," according to a news release.

Directing the band will be Linda W. Taylor, the band's conductor and music director, and assistant directors Jorge Garcia and Kerry KIine.

The series will continue with Thursday evening concerts through Aug. 25, plus a bonus concert Aug. 28.

There is no admission charge, and those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. People may also bring picnics or visit the band's concession stand.

"Strike Up the Band" will be the theme of the July 14 concert, featuring "Anthem for Winds and Percussion," "The Teddy Bears' Picnic," "Bright Lights" and Gershwin's "Strike Up The Band." David Allen, a columnist for the Southern California News Group, will be master of ceremonies.

The July 21 concert, "Carnival of the Animals and Other Fun Music," will include "Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns, "Mother Goose Suite" by Maurice Ravel, "Dance of the Knights" and "Elite Syncopations." Jorge Garcia will direct the band, with Linda Taylor as master of ceremonies.

"PCB's Got Talent" is the theme of the July 28 concert, featuring some of the band members conducting the group in pieces they have chosen. Conducting the band will be James Lytthans, guest conductor emeritus; Stephen Klein, who plays euphonium; trumpeters Christopher Northrop and Denny Duran-Flores; horn player Karen Greenwood; percussionists Lucas Critchfield and James Thompson; and David Schaafsma from the tuba section.

"Concert in the Park" is the theme of the Aug. 4 concert, with Kerry Kline directing and Linda Taylor as master of ceremonies. The program will include "A Leroy Anderson Portrait," "American Riversongs," "What a Wonderful World" and "A Childhood Remembered."

The Aug. 11 concert is a celebration of the band's 75th anniversary, featuring "Diamond Jubilee March," Soaring With John Williams," "Dances of a Shimmering Spirit" and "Highlights from 'Frozen'." Linda Taylor will direct the band, with Edmund Fry as master of ceremonies.

"Something Old, Something New" is the theme of the Aug. 18 concert, featuring "Appalachian Morning," "Cowboy Rhapsody," "Slippery Gentlemen" and "Hawaiian Medley." Pomona City Councilman Steve Lustro will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Aug. 25 concert, "Stage and Screen — America Sings," will feature music written for Broadway and Hollywood, including music from "The Lion King," "Cats," "Mary Poppins" and "E.T." The finale will be John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever." David Allen will serve as master of ceremonies.

For the bonus concert, at 5 p.m. Aug. 28, the Pomona Concert Band will host the Golden State British Brass Band in a concert of British band music and American favorites.

The Pomona Concert Band was founded by G. Stanton Selby in 1947 and has represented the city in many events and performances over the years, including tours of Europe and Japan in 1985 and 1988.

Linda Taylor, who was appointed the band's conductor and music director in 2006, has been a member of the band since 1968. She is also a founding member of the Golden State British Brass Band and for 20 years played tuba in the Colorado Brass Band and in several brass bands in England. She taught instrumental music in the Baldwin Park Unified School District for 30 years.

For information, go to pomonaconcertband.org.

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