North Coast Symphonic Band tunes up for 36th season

Rehearsals for the 36th season of the North Coast Symphonic Band will begin soon. Dave Becker returns as conductor and musical director and the group will present five concerts at the Liberty Theater in Astoria in 2015-16. The NCSB continues to rehearse at the Clatsop College Performing Arts Center and is a member of Partners for the PAC.

North Coast Symphonic Band at the Liberty 2015.
North Coast Symphonic Band at the Liberty 2015.

The season opener concert of the North Coast Symphonic Band will take place at 2 P.M. on Sunday, October 25. The show is titled “Rain, Rivers, and the Sea” and will present water-themed music for concert band. Soloist on guitar will be local favorite David Drury performing “Here’s that Rainy Day” arranged by Dave Robertson of Rockaway, Oregon. Drury will also perform a pre-show at 1:30. The second regular season concert is at 2 P.M. on Sunday, February 21, 2016, and is titled “Opporknockity Tunes – Humor and Whimsey for Band.” The afternoon will be full of light-hearted and fun entertainment and include guest vocalist ChrisLynn Taylor of Astoria’s Shanghaied in Astoria. The third and final regular season concert is at 2 P.M. on April 17, 2016, and will feature a guest conductor. Details will be released at a later date.
As part of the Liberty Presents series, Dave Becker will coordinate a special holiday musical treat for the community on December 19, 2015. The evening is billed as “Home for Christmas” and the North Coast Symphonic Band will be joined by soloists and other musical groups from the community and beyond for a home-grown public Christmas celebration with wonderful surprises.
The 36th season of the NCSB concludes with the annual free concert of patriotic music on July 3rd at the Liberty.  The 2016 version of Astoria’s traditional celebration of America’s birthday is called “American Heroes” and will feature vocalists Andy and Rachel Becker returning for their second appearance with the band singing tunes that all will recognize and enjoy.
For more information on the North Coast Symphonic Band’s 36th season, visit the band  webpage at, e-mail [email protected], or call 503-325-2431. Ticket prices for adults remain at $15 and student tickets cost $8. For ticket purchase, visit the Liberty Theater box office at 1203 Commercial, 2 to 5:30 P.M. Tuesday through Saturday or call 503-325-5922, Ex. 55.
The North Coast Symphonic Band offers local musicians of all ages the chance to network, learn from each other, and maintain their skill level in a positive and supportive environment. Most sections of the band are full with waiting lists but there are openings for oboe, clarinet, trumpet and percussion. The band rehearses on Monday evenings in Astoria and musicians interested in joining should e-mail Personnel Director Lee Stromquist at [email protected] or call 503-861-1328. Potential new members should read music, own their own instruments, and have advanced high school level performance skills or higher.  The first rehearsal of the new season will be from 7-9 P.M. on Monday, September 14, at the Clatsop College Performing Arts Center in Astoria.

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