News | Pomona Concert Band Winter Concert

The Pomona Concert Band proudly presents their annual Winter Concert of solo and ensemble music titled "Meet The Band," to be held at the Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy in Pomona on Friday, March 6th, 2015 at 7:30 pm.  The concert is FREE to the public and is sponsored by the City of Pomona Community Services.  Refreshments will be served at intermission.  The band is under the direction of Musical Director Linda W. Taylor and assistant director Dr. Jorge Garcia.  The concert will include musical arrangements that feature individual soloists and sections of the band.  The color guard will be headed by Heriberto Feliciano, USAF, Retired.

The band will feature the Flute section in "Flutation" by Clare Grundman, the Trumpet section in "Trumpets Wild" by Harold Walters, the Clarinet section in "The Clarinet Polka" arranged by David Bennett, the Trombones in "76 Trombones" by Meredith Willson and the French Horns in "Holiday for Horns" arranged by Jack Jarrett.  Soloists for the evening include David Schaafsma playing "Requiem for a Tuba Player" composed by Jorge Garcia.  This piece will honor Lyle Lundstrom, one of our loyal musicians, who passed away last year.  Lucas Critchfield will be perform "Flight of the Bumblebee," arranged by Guy Lecour, on the Xylophone.  We will also have a visit by our own "Elvis", Tom Hill, who will treat the audience with "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Jailhouse Rock."  In addition to this the band will play "Grand Chorus in Dialogue with Brass Choir," by Eugène Gigout, "Mississauga Spirit" march by Ty Watson and "Bandology" march by Eric Osterling.

This program promises to be a concert not to be missed, and the best part is that it is FREE.  So bring your entire family and invite your friends to Palomares Park on March 6th at 7:30 pm.

The Pomona Concert Band is under the baton of Linda W. Taylor, Conductor and Musical Director, and Dr. Garcia, Assistant Conductor.  Band members come from Pomona and more than twenty surrounding communities to make music together.  The Pomona Concert Band was founded by G. Stanton Selby in 1947 as part of a local Pomona American Legion Post.  The Band has represented the City of Pomona in countless events and performances over the years, including tours of Europe and Japan in 1985 and 1988.  The band will represent the city again on April 11th, 2015 as they have been invited to perform at the Association of Concert Bands Convention in Sacramento, California.

Linda W. Taylor, Pomona Concert Band Conductor, has been a member of the Pomona Concert Band for over 40 years.  During that tenure she has held the Solo Clarinet chair, was Assistant Conductor for several seasons, and for the past 25 years has played in the Tuba section.  In March, 2006, she was appointed Conductor and Musical Director of the band.  In addition to playing in the Pomona Concert Band she plays in the Claremont Winds, is a founding member and co-manager of the Golden State British Brass Band, and is a founding member of the Promenade Brass.  She has also played with the San Gabriel Valley Symphony, the La Mirada Symphony, the Colorado Brass Band, and with several brass bands in England.  Prior to her retirement in 1998 Linda taught Instrumental Music in the Baldwin Park Unified School District for 30 years.

Dr. Jorge Garcia, Pomona Concert Band Assistant Conductor, has been involved in music education since 1969.  He has taught music on all levels from college to kindergarten.  He has conducted several honor groups including the Memorial Orchestra for President Chiang Kai-shek, the Sino-American Honor Band, and the Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra.  He is a published composer and has written several pieces for the Pomona Concert Band and the Golden State British Brass Band.  He is a well-known lecturer in the areas of Classroom Motivation, “Hymnody in the 21st Century Church," and “Cultural Trusteeship” by Third-Age Learners.  He received his doctorate in Music Education with an emphasis on Lifelong learning last summer.  He has given presentations in several countries and was a speaker at the International Conference of Lifelong Learning in Budapest, Hungary, in the fall of 2007 as well as a mentor teacher for the Christian schools in Taiwan.  He joined the Pomona Concert Band in 2005 playing tuba.

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