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Centennial Celebration Fanfare

Centennial Celebration Fanfare

By John Carnahan

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Centennial Celebration Fanfare composed by John Carnahan. For concert band (Piccolo, Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe 1, Oboe 2/English Horn, Bassoon 1, Bassoon 2, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone 1, Eb Alto Saxophone 2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bb Trumpet 1 , Bb Trumpet 2, ). Grade 5. Score and parts. Duration 3:00. Published by C. Alan Publications (CN.16790).

The piece is a celebratory fanfare representing cresting waves, warm ocean breezes, and the flourish of sails along the coastline of Long Beach, California. The continual rise and fall of the tide, like the music itself, brings with it the excitement and optimism of another sunny day by the sea.

Centennial Celebration Fanfare is dedicated to the Long Beach Municipal Band and its conductor, Mr. Larry Curtis, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the debut on March 14, 1909. The piece is a celebratory fanfare representing cresting waves, warm ocean breezes, and the flourish of sails along the coastline of Long Beach, California. The continual rise and fall of the tide, like the music itself, brings with it the excitement and optimism of another sunny day by the sea. The Long Beach Municipal Band has entertained the citizens of Long Beach for 100 years and the Centennial Celebration Fanfare is a 'thank you' to the musicians and conductors of this great band both past and present. The city of Long Beach is privileged to have the Municipal Band as part of their rich heritage and we hope to enjoy the band's summer evening concerts for millennia to come. T he Long Beach Municipal Band At the turn of the 20th century, bands in America were in their prime. The rise in popularity of the United States Marine Band in Washington DC during the 1890's turned the emphasis from brass bands to the fully instrumented concert bands of today. Every town wanted a 'Marine Band' of its own and the City of Long Beach was no different. The primary purpose in creating the Long Beach band was to help promote the city's emerging tourism trade. The premiere performance of the Long Beach Municipal Band, under the direction of E. Harry Willey, took place on Sunday, March 14, 1909, in the Bath House Band Shell at the foot of Pine Avenue Pier. From its inception, the band was very successful, performing over 500 concerts a year, all of which were broadcast live throughout the region over radio station KGER. Other notable appearances over their 100 year history have included several Tournament of Roses Parades and most recently the 2000 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference in San Luis Obispo, Ca. The Municipal Band has had only ten conductors during the band's illustrious 100-year history. One of the most recognized was the world-renowned cornetist and assistant conductor of the famed John Philip Sousa Band, Herbert L. Clarke. Clarke left the Sousa Band and became the conductor of the Municipal Band from 1923 to 1945. Clarke's first concert was on November 30, 1923, and over 3000 people packed the Long Beach Auditorium to greet their new conductor. Today's Long Beach Municipal Band entertains well over 10,000 people each week in the parks of Long Beach. Since 1909, the band has presented over 57,000 services and performed over 1 million pieces of music. The Long Beach Municipal Band is the oldest non-military professional band in the United States, and is fully funded by the City of Long Beach.

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