VIRTUAL CONCERTS THIS YEAR
KINGSBURG’S 134TH CITY BAND LIVE CONCERT SEASON has fallen victim to COVID-19 virus public health concerns but there will still be six entertaining concerts in the air this summer beginning Thursday evening, June 18. That’s when the Kingsburg City Band will proudly present, on line, the first of a half-dozen of its favorite concerts from the past several summer seasons.
Webcasts will be presented on-line at 7:30 p.m. on each Thursday from June 18 through July 23. They will be aired free of charge by the Kingsburg City Band on its website — www.kingsburgband.com . The Kings- burg Media Foundation, Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce and City of Kingsburg are also assisting.
“Our first concert on June 18 will showcase one of last year’s most popular Kingsburg City Band perform- ances,” said Dale Engstrom, conductor and musical director for 42 years. It was presented June 27, 2019 with the theme “Sound of the Drum.” The concert’s featured soloist, Joe Lizama, is featured in five separate numbers. “It’s always a treat to have Joe perform with our band,” Engstrom said. “He’s been featured in our Summer Band concerts for many years and has been drummer for singer Johnny Mathis for 39 years.”
Each concert will be preceded with a few welcoming remarks and comments on the program by Engstrom and the band’s announcer, Randy McFarland.
The 2020 band’s summer season cancellation was announced a month ago because of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, and specifically due to what would be unavoidably crowded bandstand conditions for the 60- member band as well as health and safety concerns for the large audiences that always enjoy the concerts. Nor was there any guarantee by the time arrangements had to be finalized that state pandemic guidelines and city health orders (under the COVID-19 response plan’s fourth stage) would be relaxed for concert events.
It will be the first season since 1943 and 1944, during World War II, that the Kingsburg City Band will not perform live. The band was established in 1887. It is recognized as one of the West’s oldest community bands.
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For additional information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jeff Dodd at 559-897-1111.
Memorial Park, Kingsburg, CA 93631
Dates & Times:
Virtual Concerts: Every Thursday Night Starting on June 18, 2020 and running through July 23, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Vendor Area: No Vendors
Jeff Dodd, Executive Director
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