To celebrate the Long Beach Municipal Band’s (LBMB) 103rd year and raise funds to support its summer concert season, the LBMB Foundation, Partners of Parks and the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine will present a “Grand Sousa Gala” on Friday, April 27 at 6 pm at the Grand Ballroom of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 200 S. Pine Ave.
“The Grand Sousa Gala will not only be a great evening for all, but it will also help a Long Beach institution that has been entertaining our residents for generations,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster.
The evening will feature a concert by the municipal band with conductor Larry Curtis and soprano Renee Sousa, great-grandniece of John Phillip Sousa. Audiences will also enjoy dancing to the Studio Jazz Band with vocalists Barbara Morrison and Nicole Kubis. There will be an international buffet, casino-style gaming and a silent auction.
“We play for so many people who eagerly anticipate and look forward to the concerts each summer,” said Curtis. “With community support of this time-honored tradition, I know we can make it through this period of austerity and preserve this great, living Long Beach treasure. I’m confident that our concert fans will continue to be involved, and I encourage everyone to become a donating member of the Municipal Band Foundation. Through these efforts we will be able to present great concerts in the future, as the band has so eloquently done for more than a century.”
Ticket prices are $100 per person or $175 per couple, and tables of 10 are $825. A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible. Phone reservations are available at (562) 252-5626. The Port of Long Beach continues to support the Long Beach Municipal Band through a sponsorship that will match Gala proceeds and donations up to $50,000.
The Long Beach Municipal Band is the oldest, municipally funded, professional concert band in the United States. In its 103-year history, the band has performed more than 57,000 concerts and over 1 million pieces of music.
The Long Beach Municipal Band Foundation is a newly formed support organization dedicated to raising funds for the LBMB.