Free Concert Set for Sunday

Courtesy urquhartband.org  A community service band, the Urquhart Memorial Concert Band of Oakland will perform for free, as it tends to do, this Saturday at Alameda’s Cardinal Point.

Free Concert Set for Sunday

The Urquhart Memorial Concert Band of Oakland — also known as the Oakland Band, the Oakland Community Band, and even the Oakland “Parks” Band — was founded in 1922 as the Oakland Letter Carriers Union Band. It has evolved since then into a community band and a service band in the San Francisco Bay area. “Community” means that players at every level of ability are welcome. “Service” means almost all the band’s gigs are done for free in service of worthy causes. Joel Toste is the band’s director.
This year the band is making the rounds at local retirement homes, including Cardinal Point in Alameda this Sunday, Dec. 6. 
The band also plays for various U.S. Coast Guard special ceremonies and events. Members of the band commonly participate in local events, such as the Alameda 4th of July parade, the Alameda Memorial Day ceremonies and the Alameda Christmas Tree Lighting.
The band presently has about 25 regular members, including brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba), woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, sax), and percussion (drums, mallets.) 
The repertoire is mostly traditional material, such as marches, Broadway compilations, classical pieces composed for band, novelty tunes, big band standards, and dixieland.
To have the band play for a local organization, community event, or ceremony write info@urquhartband.org.