Laguna Community Concert Band welcomes summer with concert celebrating America’s story

The Laguna Community Concert Band is stepping into summer with a concert celebrating the American spirit and America’s musical story: a traditional concert, Land That I Love, at the Artists Theater at Laguna Beach High School on Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m.

The program is built around patriotic tunes and classic Americana.

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Laguna Community Concert Band performing Greatest Hits of the Silver Screen 2023

“One of our goals as a band is to bring the community together through our love of music,” said director Mark Lowery. “This concert is a celebration of community, creativity and shared history.”

The June 2 program at the Artists Theater, Land That I Love, features a blend of patriotic music and great American composers.

The first half of the concert will honor our nation with beloved melodies such as “America the Beautiful” and “Shenandoah,” and includes an “Armed Forces Salute.” The second half of the program celebrates great American composers. Assistant director Jennifer Baker worked with Lowery to curate a program that includes a little something from every era, from a Big Band Showcase and classic Western film themes to modern Disney Blockbusters and toe-tapping highlights from La La Land.

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Laguna Community Band featuring Eliana Merritt during Greatest Hits of the Silver Screen 2023

Laguna Beach High School dancers Eliana Merritt and Sam O’Neill will interpret songs at the concert. “Artistic collaborations with our local students are a key part of our mission,” said Baker, who also leads the band’s educational outreach. “We’re always delighted to see what they create, and we’re always looking for creative ways to include Laguna Beach students.”

All Laguna Community Concert Band performances are free to the public, although donations are always welcome. Following the June 2 concert, audience members can show their program at Lumberyard Restaurant, 384 Forest Ave. #10, Laguna Beach, to donate 15% of their meal cost to the band.

Both the Laguna Community Concert Band and the Laguna JaZz Band have several more concerts in Laguna Beach this summer. The JaZz Band will be featured at the Fête de la Musique at the Main Beach on Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m., and will perform at the Festival of Arts on Wednesday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m. The concert band will perform at the Festival of Arts on Sunday, July 21 at 1 p.m.

For more information on upcoming concerts, to book an appearance, or if you would like to play with the band, visit www.lagunaconcertband.com.

The Laguna Community Concert Band welcomes all musicians to join. Weekly rehearsals are held at the Laguna Beach High School band room on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. For the latest news about the concert and jazz bands, or if you would like to play with the band, go to www.lagunaconcertband.com.


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