Thursday, December 3, 2015

News from the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches (and a trip down memory lane with my trusty euphonium)

Mary Godwin has information on the all-volunteer 55th Concert Season and a special concert on December 11th below. Also is contact information if you would like to learn more. Here are a few excerpts
     During the past year, the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches awarded 58 instruments to 11 different schools for their Band & Orchestral music programs. In addition, the Band recently awarded $10,830 in school grants to help the band programs with some of their other needs.
     Lake Worth Middle School received 6 instruments and grant of $6,350 and North Grade Elementary received a $2,000 grant.
     Santa will be making delivery of additional musical instruments at the Band’s Holiday Party on Friday, Dec 11 at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens.
I'd be curious to know if any of the instruments donated in Lake Worth was a euphonium? In fact, starting in middle school, through high school, college and afterwards, I played the euphonium. And up until about 15 years ago, I played with the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches, the same group that is organizing this event. Back when the last renovation of the Bryant Park bandshell was completed, I played in this band that performed as part of its re-dedication ceremony. The group has a long standing reputation for supporting our local music program. Their concerts now take place at the Duncan Theater at Palm Beach State College.

Anyhow, here is more from Mary Godwin:
     The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches is an all volunteer group of musicians dedicating to helping the musical youth of the community with scholarships, school grants and musical instruments. Thanks to the generous support of our patrons, the band’s donations to local students and music programs total $469,036 so far, and the number keeps growing.
     You can help by attending the concert and showing your support.
About the concert:
     The program showcases Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Fantasy and the 16th century English folksong, Greensleeves. In keeping with the season, traditional Christmas and Hanukkah music will be well represented in addition to the lively Hora from the Wedding Dance. 
Capture the spirit of the holidays! Tickets are $18. Call 561-832-3115 or online using this link. If you would like to learn more please email Mary Godwin.