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Coda Connections
Columbia Band Fans' Newsletter
Fall 2007

News & Calendar - Fall 2007
Feature - Children's Concert Press Release
Behind the Baton - Director's Thoughts
Fun Stuff - A few words about...
Official CCB/CJB Positions - People in Charge
Contact Information


Well, I hope you all had a fun-filled, action-packed, safe summer. I know I did. Now's the time to shift our focus towards the beginning of the school year, this year's upcoming holidays, and of course, more great band concerts!

This edition of Coda Connections features the press release written for the Children's Concert (mere days from now!) and Mike's latest comments on the current variety of CCB repertoire. I'd also like to encourage you to let me know if there's a particular subject (related to the CCB or CJB) that you would like to see featured in this newsletter; please remember that your feedback is important to the growth and success of this publication.

If your email changes and you'd like to keep getting these newsletters, OR if you wish to submit your own writing/comments, you can always shoot me a message. Thanks!

- Len Morse, Editor

News & Calendar
Fall News
The concert band will play the annual Children's Concert this Sunday, and is gearing up for the Winter program in December. Also, rumor has it that the jazz band is currently editing their latest CD. Stay tuned.

Fall Calendar - Concert Band
  Sunday, 9/16, 3:00-3:45P.M., River Hill High School, Clarksville, MD

Fall Calendar - Jazz Band
No scheduled public concerts

by Len Morse (Percussion)   Press Release Musical notes on staff
Columbia Concert Band Children's Concert

Columbia, Maryland, August 30th, 2007 - The Columbia Concert Band will perform their annual Young People's Concert on Sunday, September 16th at 3:00 p.m. at River Hill High School, 12101 Rt. 108, in Clarksville, MD. Admission is free and no tickets are required. For more information call (301) 596-9783 or visit the Columbia Concert Band web site at

This year's theme is "Broadway", and will feature music from award-winning musicals "The Lion King", "The Sound of Music", "The Wizard of Oz", and "Oliver." Specialized ensembles from within the band will each play an arrangement of "Do-Re-Mi" from "The Sound of Music". The traditional post-concert "instrument petting zoo" will also be featured. This is when younger members of the audience are encouraged to come see the instruments up close, and even try them out with a musician's permission and supervision.

This concert is possible, in part, thanks to the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from the Howard County Government.

The Columbia Concert Band is a non-profit community band that has been performing for local communities since 1983. The band's purpose is to give non-professional musicians the opportunity to perform challenging band literature while entertaining the public in the Baltimore and Washington regional areas. The band is affiliated with Howard Community College, which gives credit to students for band participation.

Behind the Baton
by Mike Blackman (Director)   Conductor
Dear Friends of the CCB,

Thanks for taking the time to keep current on the activities and plans of the Columbia Concert Band. It's great to know that folks are interested in us because our main goal is to make meaningful connections with our community through music. It was a great Summer for us, and we loved playing for the large and enthusiastic audiences at the Columbia Lakefront and at the Bloomsbury Community Center in Catonsville. One of my hopes is that the Band members enjoy the variety of music that I program, and I suspect that many got a kick out of the lighter fare that the outdoor concerts call for. We certainly learned a lot of music, and from the crowds' reactions it appeared that you also liked the marches, movie and Broadway music, pop medleys, and jazz that we prepared! I already have some thoughts about some similarly entertaining music for next Summer, but now we must focus on the two performances that will take place this season.

As I write this, we are putting the final touches on our Children's Concert, which will be a Broadway extravaganza. Our formal Winter Concert will offer an interesting variety of music - some holiday tunes, some original concert band repertoire (no surprise if you know me!)...some pretty straightforward, and some quite difficult. For you serious fans of symphonic band music, I think I will be able to surprise you with a piece by Ralph Vaughan Williams and one by Gustav Holst - NOT the "standards" that you might be expecting! Two other highlights will be Howard Hanson's "Chorale and Allelulia," and a gorgeous new piece by Steven Bryant entitled "Dusk."

As always, I hope that you (and perhaps 20-30 of your closest friends!) can join us. Thanks for your ongoing support!

Fun Stuff
Quarterly Word: "Reel" - A fast dance for couples, written in 2/4 or 4/4 time; usually found in Scotland, Ireland, and parts of Scandinavia.

Quarterly Quote: "The scratches in Yoko Ono records are moments of relief." ~S.A. Sachs

Official CCB/CJB Positions
Elected Executive Board
Director - Mike Blackman
President - Jeanette Donald
Vice President - Len Morse
Secretary - Carolyn Hipkins
Treasurer - Beth Jubinski
Historian - Melinda Frisch
Publicity Co-Chairs - Kathleen Shoemaker, Ken Singer
Fundraising Chair - Jenn Ambrosiano
Equipment Manager - Scott Lipcon
Grants, Programs - Jeanette Donald
Member-at-Large - Linda Baker
HCAC Liason - Tanya Hoegh-Allan

Appointees and Volunteers
CCB-CJB Liason - Jodi Shochet
Librarian - Marilyn Kelsey
Curator - Fred Shermer
Uniforms - Bill DeVuono
CCB Webmaster - Suzanne Hassell
CJB Director - Pete Barenbregge
CJB Webmaster - Matt Williams


Contact Information

phone: 301-598-4587
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