After hopping from one place to the next for the past few years, the Long Beach Junior Concert Band (LBJCB) has finally found a new home to perform rehearsals and store band equipment and office supplies, said Carrie Daquiado, LBJCB treasurer and former band member.
The LBJCB, which was established in 1952, is expected to sign a lease agreement to move into the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral located at 855 Elm Ave. in downtown Long Beach. Daquiado said the Long Beach Scottish Rite, a Masonic organization, came to the LBJCB’s rescue after reading about their dilemma in the Signal Tribune’s April 12 issue. She said the drum section will continue rehearsing at EDCO in Signal Hill at a facility that was also discovered with the help of the Signal Tribune, and the LBJCB will continue to store their equipment trucks and containers at Price Transfer in Rancho Dominguez.
The LBJCB board of directors has toured the Scottish Rite facility twice and are “excited about the wonderful space that they are going to allow the band to practice in,” Daquiado said in a statement.
“LBJCB will be starting their 61st year [in] June and what a wonderful way to begin a new year,” she said. “The band does wish to thank everyone who has helped with moving [and] practice space in the past few years.”
Daquiado added that the Scottish Rite will ask the City for help with the rent for the rehearsal and office space, as they continue to represent the City in many parades, performances and appearances.
The Scottish Rite Cathedral was designated as a historic landmark by the City of Long Beach and was built in 1926, according to the Scottish Rite’s website.
“We have the room for them available, and they’re really excited about moving in there,” said Tim Cable, personal representative for the Scottish Rite Valley of Long Beach.