Community Band to Present Autumn Compendium Oct. 17
The Alameda Community Band (ACB) will present a free concert titled “Autumn Compendium,” its first of the 2017-18 season, next week. The free concert will showcase a wide variety of classical and popular favorites arranged for wind orchestra at the Alameda Veterans’ Memorial Building at 2203 Central Ave., Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The band will feature special guests from the Dave Alt Big Band — an Alameda favorite — playing jazz and swing tunes and featuring Janese Powell.
Selections include: a Gustav Holst suite, excerpts from a Russian symphony, medleys from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as well as the popular group Chicago and more. (Don’t be surprised if the band sneaks in a John Philip Sousa march).
The Alameda Community Band has been educating and entertaining in Alameda for 52 years and counting, offering three concerts and a special holiday concert each season. The band was begun by former Encinal High School music teacher Jim Hewitt.
After a few years the band was sponsored as a class by the Alameda Adult School. When budget cuts caused the class to be discontinued in 2010, the undaunted band members formed a 501(c))3 nonprofit and have continued ever since as a private organization. ACB’s mission is to provide an opportunity for area wind and percussion players to rehearse and perform wind ensemble music at an adult level, improve their musical skills and provide the Alameda community with concerts of wind ensemble music.
In addition to its regular concert season, ACB members enjoy playing at the City Hall annual tree-lighting ceremony each year. The band also forms the core of the Alameda All-City Band, taking pride in providing music for the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Park on Bay Farm Island.
Band members are largely Alameda residents, and vary widely in age and years with the band. The band numbers approximately 40 members who play: brass (trumpets, French horns, trombones, tubas), woodwinds (flutes, piccolos, clarinets, oboe, bassoon, saxophone) and percussion (tympani, trap drums, chimes, marimba, cymbals).
Director Michael Wirgler has led ACB for 25 years, taking up the baton when the original band director Hewitt retired. Wirgler holds a Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance and has additionally led the Golden Gate Park concert band from 1999 to the present.
Find out more at http://alameda communityband.weebly.com.