For music lovers of all ages, the Corpus Christi Municipal Band will host another series of free summer concerts to delight audiences with a variety of tunes ranging from marches and pops to light classical music and show melodies. This year’s Sunday evening concerts mark the band’s 66th consecutive summer performance season.
Due to a capital improvement project now underway on Del Mar College’s East Campus, the Municipal Band is moving their concerts indoors to the Retama Room on the second floor of the Harvin Student Center on that same campus at Ayers and Kosar.
The first concert is Sunday, June 4, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Six other performances are scheduled every Sunday through July 16. King High School band director Adan Molina will conduct the first concert.
For more information, contact David Irving at 361-698-1616 or email@example.com.
Information about the Municipal Band is also available on their Facebook page. Visit facebook.com/CCMunicipalBand.
In addition to providing the venue for performances, DMC supports the Municipal Band by providing rehearsal space, equipment and logistical support. The Municipal Band moved performances to the College’s East Campus in 2014. In previous seasons, the band performed at Cole Park and Heritage Park.
When the Municipal Band played its first concert in 1959, all the band’s musicians were members of the local chapter of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). The AFM funded the concerts with its Music Performance Trust Fund established by the national AFM and the recording industry as a hedge against the threat of recorded music taking away live musicians’ livelihoods. Union Moremembership thrived in the 1940s and 1950s with more than 400 members in the Corpus Christi chapter alone.
Today, most musicians are volunteers. The band accepted volunteer musicians into the group beginning in the mid-1950s.
IN THE PHOTO: The Municipal Band moved its performances to Del Mar College in 2014, using the Music Building Amphitheater as their new venue. New construction will move the band’s 2017 summer season performances indoors in the Harvin Student Center.