Marine Stadium was filled to overflowing last night for its first Long Beach Municipal Band concert of the summer.
The crowd was the first of the year to see the magnificent new sign celebrating 100 years of Muni Band:
Fortunately, last night's audience contained trumpet player Chris Eble. Chris, a Muni Band regular, is on leave this season to play "Spamalot" at the Ahmanson Theater. He dropped by with his family to listen to the concert (we're THAT good!). The traffic in the greater Los Angeles area was HORRIFIC last night - so much so that one of the trumpet players got hopelessly mired in congestion and was unable to make the downbeat.
Along came Chris to the rescue! With the aid of Muni Band Crew member John and his trumpets, Chris jumped into action. Way to go Chris!
Also on hand was Darlene, the winner of a silent auction prize at March's Municipal Band Gala. Darlene's bid secured her the opportunity to conduct the band in the "Washington Post March":
She did a wonderful job!
To top the evening off, vocalist Barbara Morrison wowed the crowd:
You've got another chance to see us and our fabulous new sign tonight at 6:30 at El Dorado Park.
Be there or be square.