Check out this program that band member, Pete Johnson, uncovered with a bit of research! John Philip Sousa and his band performed in Ashurst Auditorium and tickets were available at the Monte Vista. Pete wrote a great article about the research that he did on this, in PDF form below.
The Flagstaff Community Band hosted a Benefit Concert to benefit United Way of Northern Arizona and the Coconino Humane Association’s efforts with the Museum Fire. Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Coconino Community College Commons, 2800 S. Lone Tree Rd. The band performed inside and seating was available both inside and outside. Monetary donations raised went to the United Way of Northern Arizona, and pet supplies were donated to the Coconino County Humane Associations. Audience members made cards for the firefighters during the performance. Lots of money and supplies were donated and it was wonderful to see community members come together for the event!
The 50th Anniversary of the moon landing calls for big celebration in Flagstaff, as all of the astronauts trained here, and The Flagstaff Community Band got to be a part of Lowell Observatory's celebration with a performance at the observatory! Our performance included an exciting new piece by composer Erik Morales called “One Giant Leap.” Written in commemoration of the lunar landing, it incorporated audio clips from President Kennedy, Commander Neil Armstrong, and others. The performance also included inspiring patriotic music, a composition by Patrick Burns, and popular movie music related to the Moon and outer space. Earthlings of all ages enjoyed this beautiful setting for an evening of celebrating with music!
Plans are in the works for a collaboration between the Flagstaff Community Band and Lowell Observatory to commission a work for symphonic band by composer, Patrick Burns of Bandworks Publications. The anticipated world premiere for this piece will take place during the summer of 2021. In the coming months, we look forward to welcoming Pat to Flagstaff, from just outside of New York City, in order for him to learn more about Lowell Observatory and its significant contributions to space exploration. Stay tuned for more details on these exciting plans! Pictured above is our Director, Tim McKay and Board Chair, Jody Laura, with Pat at a recent band conference.
The band received some great news this morning! We are 1 of 60 nominees throughout Arizona being recognized for the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards! There are 8 categories, and we are recognized in the “Community” category. “These awards are considered the most prestigious in Arizona and recognize excellence in artistic expression and outstanding contributions to the Arizona Arts Community”. We look forward to attending an event in February for this and learning who the finalists are in each category!
Artists can take credit for a lot of what is good and fun and true about Flagstaff. But Saturday night at the Viola Awards at the High Country Conference Center, they
got serious. (click for link to newspaper article)
CHRISTMAS 2017: WINTER BAND PERFORMS AT THE ORPHEUM
Flagstaff Community Band’s Winter Band took on a huge new event this year. On December 17, the band performed a concert of holiday music at The Orpheum in downtown Flagstaff. Along with some holiday favorites, the concert included an audience sing along, participation with bells and shakers up front by the children in the audience, and a special performance by NAU’s Tuba and Euphonium Studio. After the concert, the movie, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” was shown. This whole event was used as a food drive for Full Circle Charities People’s Pantry. The pantry was overwhelmed with the amount of food that was collected at the door as admission to the event. The packed house for this event was a huge success for the band, a great benefit to the People’s Pantry, and a fun was for many to kick off the holiday break!
July 27, 2017: Nat White "Extra Mile" Service Award
At last night's concert, we honored long time band member, Nat White, for his extraordinary contributions to the band over the past twenty years. Here he is receiving the "Nat White Extra Mile Service Award". (pictured with director, Tim McKay and Nat's wife, Jean. )
Each summer, the Flagstaff Community Band has grown on a foundation of tradition, inclusion and, of course, musical passion. As the band strikes up for the 25th continuous summer, the group eyes innovation and a future in the open air. (link to newspaper article)