Saturday, December 25, 2010

Laredo Municipal Band

Via the LMT

City-wide band announces formation

Special to the Times
Published: Saturday, December 25, 2010 4:09 AM CST
If that old French horn or clarinet you played back in high school or college is now more of an ornament than an instrument, it’s time to get tooting again by joining the new Laredo Municipal Band.

Housed at Texas A&M International University, the band aims to bring together music enthusiasts of all levels and ages to perform in a city-wide band, David García, TAMIU band director, said.

“We welcome anyone, from 9- to 90-years-old,” García said.

“We will play interesting and unique music, including paso dobles and marches, solos, unpublished band works as well as challenging standard band literature.”

Band participation is free and practice will be held at TAMIU, starting Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Monday of every month.

Band members must supply their own instruments and must be willing to practice at home as well as at rehearsals, García said.

“This system is very common for how community bands work across the nation and around the world,” he explained.

García said the idea for forming the Laredo Municipal Band arose from requests made by members of the community.

“We are excited to provide an opportunity to form an ensemble for the musicians in our community,” he said, “and we look forward to gathering monthly to do what we do best: make beautiful music.”

The first Laredo Municipal Band concert will be held Monday, May 16, at TAMIU’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts.

For more information or to join the band, contact García at 326-2640, e-mail or visit the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, room 116.

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