Friday, July 30, 2010

101 Years And The Long Beach Municipal Band Is History?

I've been employed by the City of Long Beach as a flutist with the Long Beach Municipal Band since 1985. Last night the 40 members of band were shocked to learn that, after 101 years of service to the citizens of Long Beach, the band's final concert of the 101st season would be the last one in the band's history. Do you think the 70,000 people we see every summer will miss us?
Can this be stopped? The city council has the final say.
I'll keep you posted.

UPDATE: The City Council will meet on Tuesday, August 10 at 3:30pm at Long Beach City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd to decide the fate of the Municipal Band.


Cindy Thomas Munksgard said...

No!!!! I'm so sorry. I know how much you love it! I hope the city council votes to let you continue.!!!

FlutePrayer said...

Cindy-It will be decided at a City Council meeting a week from Tuesday during the last week of our current season. Here's praying for good news!

Anonymous said...

The city waited as long as they could to tell the Muni band, in hopes that it will slip by without any one knowing. Sounds like Long Beach!

FlutePrayer said...

Anonymous-It sounds like people who are out of step with the heart of Long Beach. May they listen and reset their pace.

SpacemanSpiff22 said...

Do you know when and where the council meeting will be held to determine the fate of the band? I was at your amazing concert on Friday(and many other great shows) but I didn't get the exact time and address of the meeting.
I'm a tax paying, property owning citizen of Long Beach. The city government wastes so much of my money on the "redevelopment" of the Pike and Pine. I get nothing from that. I get many great concerts from you and your fellow musicians. My friends and I will make our voices heard.

FlutePrayer said...

SS22-Thank you so much for your encouraging words and your kind support. The City Council meeting is this Tuesday, August 10 at 3:30pm at City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd in the Council Chambers. Hope to see you again in the park for many,many years to come!