Welcome to Westport Community Band
Dear Fellow Band Members,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who participated in the concert at the Levitt Pavilion on Tuesday July 12th. I think it was a great success in terms of both band participation and audience turnout. The weather cooperated nicely and the audience seemed to have a great time. I will try to have the video of the concert online this week for you to enjoy. Have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to us getting back together, at full capacity, in the fall.
It was my profound pleasure this week to present the Westport Community Band’s coveted “Band Member of the Year” award to Marcia Chithelen. Marcia has played tuba with the band for a number of years and has even served as president. During her presidency, the band was forced to disband because of COVID but in spite of all the inherent obstacles, Marcia was able to help hold the band together with monthly Zoom seminars presented by leading composers. The award is presented each year by the band’s Board of Directors to that member that exemplifies outstanding membership qualities. I must say, that this years vote was unanimous. Even though it is not a criteria, Marcia is an outstanding player that can be counted on to solidify the band’s performance. Her name has been engraved on the miniature carousel trophy that she can display with pride on her mantle or bookcase.
Westport Community Band’s Concert
May 16, 2022
I thought it might be helpful to have a recording of Crescent Moon Dance before we play it:
It's a Japanese piece, so the title is 三日月の舞 (Mikazuki no Mai) - which translates to Crescent Moon Dance. The composer is Akito Matsuda.
The parts were sent out late February. If you don't have it, please respond to your email from me.
WCB Board Secretary
Reminder - WCB Rehearsal Tonight at Bedford Middle School! Bring new parts!
Rehearsals are resuming tonight at 7:30PM!
We are back at Bedford Middle School (88 North Ave, Westport, CT 06880 - for those who are new).
Please make sure to print out the parts to the new pieces that Sal has sent out (Crescent Moon Dance and Dedicatory Overture) and bring them with you tonight.
As mentioned last week, don't forget to wear a mask when not playing, and if you have not sent your COVID vaccine card to Patty at gelineau.music@SBCglobal.net, please do so. If you are unable to do that, please make sure you have a copy with you when you come to rehearsal tonight so that we can comply with the school system's request that we all be fully vaccinated with a booster shot.
See you all tonight!
Welcome to our new
Westport Community Band Board
William Elias, President
David Muller, Vice President
Will Munro, Secretary
Patty Gelineau, Treasurer
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
All Band Members
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bedford Middle School
88 North Avenue, Westport.
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~Updated December 12, 2021
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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