Welcome to Westport Community Band
It's a parade!!!
Yes, the Westport Memorial Parade is a go. So, dust off your instruments, dig out your khakis, white shoes, socks and band shirt, and GET READY TO MAKE SOME NOISE!
Date: Monday, May 31st a.m. + 1 short rehearsal TBD (likely that morning)
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Some COVID related suggestions:
As of now, you can get vaxxed with no appointment at the Lord & Taylor parking lot in Stamford - it's easy, quick and you don't have to get out of your car. If you haven't been vaxxed yet, we suggest that you do so. If you won't have been vaxxed by the date of the parade, we recommend NOT playing a wind instrument - better you should wear a mask or sit this one out.
If you've been vaxxed but feel uncomfortable with playing a wind instrument in the parade, consider joining the percussion, helping carry the banner, carrying a flag.
Master Class Recordings
For those who have missed these - or want to view them again - below find links to prior Master Classes. Enjoy!
Carolyn Barber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpSLCE-JTOA
Milt Allen: https://youtu.be/_h0qWzcOfkc
Sam Hazo: https://youtu.be/DacF4Nn8GOU
Mark Camphouse: https://youtu.be/wCUSaPUaJ5I
Jerry Rife: https://youtu.be/KDoVMkok64I
Anne McGinty: https://youtu.be/NxYoKRy7UYA
WCB Masterclass - Carolyn Barber May 3rd - 8pm.
We are having another amazing guest join us this coming Monday, March 3, as we continue our bi-weekly Master Class “Masters” Series.. Carolyn Barber, Professor of Music and conductor of bands and conducting at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, will be our special guest. Here is her UNL webpage as an introduction:
Carolyn is also a local product, as she hails from Fairfield Connecticut! She is a highly respected wind ensemble conductor, lecturer, clinician, adjudicator, French Horn player, and so much more! In addition to her duties at UNL, her personal website is without question a window into a much more well-defined description as to who she is and what she stands for. That link can be found here:
Take a moment to look at both links. You will be amazed at the depth of her commitment to the world of instrumental music that we all love being a part of!
The Zoom link to this Master Class can be found below. This week's class promises to be both informative, interesting, and without question entertaining, so make sure to mark the date on your calendars. This one is going to be worth the effort to carve out an hour for yourself and enjoy meeting Dr. Barber!! If you have any questions at all please feel free to email me!!
Hope that you are all well rested, healthy, and practicing!! (Oh well, 2 out of 3 isn't bad...)
Giving Day was a tremendous success - and we want to thank each and every one of you, whether you gave a little, a lot, or simply endured the onslaught of emails.There's still uncertainty about when and where we'll be able to reconvene, but two things are sure -
1) We're looking forward to it (oh, are we ever)!
2) We're more financially secure in approaching that date today than we were two days ago.
Hang in there, be well, and don't forget to practice!
I want to take a moment today to say thank you... not only for a wonderful gift of appreciation (I received a very generous gift card yesterday from the members of the band) but also for allowing me to maintain a connection to a feeling of cultural relevance. The opportunity to bring icons in the world of music to your living rooms during our "Master Class Mondays" has been a balm to the open wound of musical stagnation. The sword has two edges however, as the joy of listening to and discussing some of the compositional gems that we have experienced also reminds us of the very inexplicable experience of not being able to be together... I am hopeful that this bi-weekly band aid will prove to be only a void filler though and that as soon as practical (and possible) we will find ourselves back together, making the exploration and joy of creating music come alive while sitting side by side in a socially un-distanced way!!
Thank you again for being who you are and for allowing me the opportunity to redefine who I am, week to week...
Till we meet again,
PS: Please place March 8th on your calendars! Composer Sam Hazo will be spending an hour with us that evening to share his compositional insight and musical artistry. I can't wait for you to meet him and hear his story! Please feel free to share the Zoom link when you receive it with anyone that you think would enjoy the hour!!!!
Giving Day starts Thursday, February 25th at midnight and runs for 24 hours.
Please consider giving on Giving Day.
Give a little, give a lot - whatever you're comfortable with in these trying times.
Thank you for supporting the arts.
Westport Community Band
Since we will not have rehearsals for the rest of the year, dues are suspended for the fall semester. Additionally, all Board members have agreed to stay on for the 2020-2021 season.
if anyone is interested in producing a virtual music video for the WCB, please send us an email!
Marcia & Emily
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7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bedford Middle School
88 North Avenue, Westport.
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Hi Band -
Hope you all are well and staying healthy! See below for WCB news - please read it all:
1. Regretfully due to the pandemic, there will be no rehearsals or gigs for the fall semester. We will continue to meet through our Zoom Masterclass series and will notify you before each session. The next class will be on Monday, September 21st, 7:30 PM. Please hold the date and watch your email for an invite. More details to follow!
2. Since we will not have rehearsals for the rest of the year, dues are suspended for the fall semester. Additionally, all Board members have agreed to stay on for the 2020-2021 season.
3. Music: Please return your WCB music and folder by September 21st. You may drop off your music at any of the below addresses, or instead mail directly to Sal. If you choose to drop off your music in person, please practice socially distant guidelines (masks/distance) and we do ask that you text before you visit to confirm timing.
PLEASE check your email for where to return your music, either by mail or in-person.
4. Lastly, if anyone is interested in producing a virtual music video for the WCB, please send us an email!
Marcia & Emily
Tribute to Dale Beatty
Founder of Purple Heart Homes
Video by William Elias