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Oyster Bay Community Band Needs Your Support Again

Stephen V. Walker, director of the Oyster Bay Community Band, is seeking sponsors for this year’s performances at the Oyster Bay High School. The band will present three free lawn concerts in front of the Oyster Bay High School, starting at 8 p.m. on July 4, 13 and 20. In case of rain, they will perform in the OBHS auditorium.

Their first performance of the season was on Monday, July 4 at the Oyster Bay Bandstand for the annual Independence Day Parade. Their last concert will be on Thursday, July 21 at Sagamore Hill at 7 p.m. (with a rain date of July 22) fir their Neighborhood Nights event.

Mr. Walker said, “After our regular source of funding was eliminated last year, [it was cut from the Oyster Bay-East Norwich school budget] we were able to continue, with the generous support of community organizations and individuals. The summer concerts have been presented for over 60 years on the front lawn of Oyster Bay High School on Wednesday nights in July.

Band conductor Walker said, “We wish to present our usual three lawn concerts again this summer. We have projected a need for $3,000 for this year’s expenses.

“If you can help us out in any way with the sponsorship of our 2011 concerts, the band members sincerely thank you in advance. We are a diverse group of players of all ages who love to get together and share our music with the community.”

One of the amazing things is to see the variety of ages that make up the Oyster Bay Community Band. The Oyster Bay Community Band provides the opportunity for high school students, college students, music teachers and other adults to gather together and play music in the summertime. Its bucolic strains echo memories of our village’s rich history. Its repertoire includes many types of popular and light classical music, including ballads, marches, jazz, folk, rock, Broadway, and film music. It also performs songs and marches dedicated to our hometown hero, Theodore Roosevelt.

Oyster Bay’s band tradition goes back to 1850, when the Oyster Bay Band played at “Academy Yard” (in front of the current parsonage of Christ Church) for Independence Day exercises. From 1898 until his death in 1919, the Oyster Bay Band proudly saluted Theodore Roosevelt in all of his accomplishments. From the 1920s to the 1940s, the Quentin Roosevelt Post of the American Legion sponsored an award-winning town band. In 1950, Donald Luckenbill created the Oyster Bay Community Band, and inaugurated summer evening concerts on the lawn of Oyster Bay High School. He conducted the band until his retirement in 1980. From 1980 until 2002, the band was led by Michael Iannicello. The current conductor of the band, and arranger of several of its selections, is Stephen Walker.

FYI: Checks should be made out to the: Oyster Bay Community Band; and mailed to OBCB; c/o Stephen Walker; 29 School Street; Oyster Bay NY 11771.

Thanks to the 2010 Sponsors:

Edward C. Mohlenhoff (In honor of Beverly Mohlenhoff)
Stephen A. Weiss - (In honor of Melvyn and Barbara Weiss)
Kathryn A. Prinz Flute & Music Studio
Oyster Bay High School Music Fund
Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce
Friends of the O.B.H. S. Performing Arts Center
Oyster Bay Rotary Club
Rhapsody Computer Subscription Services
The Sommerhalter Family
Renaissance Property Associates
Richard and Marie Anderson