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Notes from the Concord Band

Notes from the Concord Band
Since 1959 P.O. Box 302, Concord MA 01742
Fall 2008


  • Fall Concert
  • Lifetime Service Award to Retiring Music Director Dr. William G. McManus
  • Guest Conductor Col. Steven Grimo, USAF (ret.)
  • James O'Dell to be New Music Director
  • New Ways to Support the Concord Band: Introducing GoodSearch and GoodShop — Yahoo!
  • It's Time to Make Your Concord Band Holiday Pops Reservations
  • Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Fall Concert

    Concord Band Begins 50th Anniversary Season on Saturday, October 25th

    The Concord Band will open its 50th Anniversary season with its annual Fall Concert to be presented at The Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street in Concord on Saturday, October 25, 2008, at 8:00 p.m. Last year, the Band began a two-year celebration of its 50th anniversary by featuring performances of its favorite commissioned works in concerts throughout the year. This concert will feature a performance of Julie Giroux's Boston Liberties, which the Concord Band commissioned in 2002, as well as the world premiere performance of a new composition for band by Concord composer Michael Weinstein. The Band is also thrilled to welcome back guest conductor Dr. Steven Grimo, who last appeared as guest conductor with the Band in March 1997.

    Now in his final season as Music Director of the Concord Band, Dr. William G. McManus will open the concert with March of the Tall Ships, an exciting concert march composed by Jay Chattaway in commemoration of the 1976 Operation Sail, which was the largest gathering ever of tall sailing ships from all over the world. This historic event took place in New York harbor on July 4, 1976, as part of America's bicentennial celebration.

    Composer Michael Weinstein, a resident of Concord, is a prolific writer with more than fifty works in the concert music field to his credit. His compositions include pieces for symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber works, and solo instrumental pieces. The Concord Band is honored to present the world premiere of his composition Four Songs Without Words on Poems of Kliest for Concert Band.

    The concert will continue with a performance of the beautiful Percy Grainger setting of the Scottish folk song, Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon, followed by Julie Giroux's Boston Liberties, a four-movement work reflecting the seafaring life of Boston of the late 1800s. The Concord Band presented the world premiere of this work in March 2003. The first half of the concert will close with An Ellington Portrait, a setting of eight of Duke Ellington's greatest songs.

    To open the second half of the concert, guest conductor Steven Grimo will take the podium for a performance of Julie Giroux's exciting La Mezquita de Cordoba, a musical celebration of the multicultural, religious, and artistic accomplishments that took place in the magnificent La Mezquita Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain. Dr. William McManus will return to the podium for a performance of Robert Russell Bennett's wonderful arrangement of music from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

    Dr. Grimo will close the concert with March Madness, an exciting march composed of bits and pieces of numerous well-known marches. This concert promises to be an exciting start to the Concord Band's 50th Anniversary season.


    Lifetime Service Award to Retiring Music Director Dr. William G. McManus

    In 2002, the Concord Band Board of Trustees introduced the Lifetime Service Award to honor individuals whose participation, over a significant span of time, has made a fundamental difference to the Concord Band. On October 25, 2008, the Lifetime Service Award will be given to Dr. William G. McManus, who retires at Music Director of the Concord Band after the 50th Anniversary concert in March.

    His Award plaque will read as follows:

    As Music Director of the Concord Band for the last 14 of its first 50 years, Dr. William G. McManus added substantially to the solid foundataion established by his legendary predecessor. He helped the Band achieve more than its members had realized was possible. He introduced world-class soloists and guest conductors. The commissions undertaken during his tenure were truly remarkable. In continuing to present to the community the best that the symphonic wind ensemble has to offer, Bill McManus's accomplishments were perhaps best summarized in a recent concert review: "He has honed a very good band into a super one."

    Past Award recipients have been Bill Burdine and William Toland (2002), Carl Getz and Robert Turkington (2003), Gene Parish and William R. Phelan (2004), Ed Richter and Bill Siebert (2005), Jerry Welts (2006) and Barbara Cataldo (2007). An Honor Roll is displayed prominently in the 51 Walden lobby listing all those who have received this very special award.


    Guest Conductor Col. Steven Grimo, USAF (ret.)

    Dr. Steven Grimo is a native of Bristol, Rhode Island. Presently, he is serving as the Chairman of the Music Department at the Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where he earned a BME in Music Education and a BA in Percussion Performance. Upon graduation, Dr. Grimo began his teaching career in the Newton, Mass. public schools and the Auburn, Mass. public schools (1978-1980). He later became Director of Instrumental Music at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Massachusetts (1980-1985). During his teaching tenure in Massachusetts, he received his Masters of Music degree in Wind Ensemble Conducting from the New England Conservatory.

    From 1986 to 2007, Dr. Grimo served in the United States Air Force. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, serving with the USAF Bands and Music Branch as a Commander and Music Director for the US Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He had previously served as Commander and Music Director of the USAF Bands of the West, the Pacific and Mid America. As a music director, conductor and producer, he has lectured and conducted professional and collegiate organizations throughout the world. In 2006, he was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.


    James O'Dell to be New Music Director

    The Concord Band has selected James O'Dell to be the Band's new Music Director. As just the third Music Director in the Band's 50-year history, Mr. O'Dell will begin working with the Band in January 2009, and will make his debut at the Band's 50th Anniversary concert in March 2009. Mr. O'Dell is currently Associate Dean of The Boston Conservatory, Music Director of the Middlesex Concert Band, and Associate and Principle Guest Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony.


    New Ways to Support the Concord Band: Introducing GoodSearch and GoodShop — Yahoo!

    The Concord Band, like most organizations dedicated to bringing the best in concert music to the community, cannot operate solely on the income from ticket and CD sales and sponsored concerts. Since it does cost about $40,000 a year to run the Band, we're always looking for new sources of financial support. To that end, let us take this opportunity to introduce you to two new — and totally painless — ways in which you can help: GoodSearch and GoodShop. is a search engine powered by Yahoo that distributes 50% of the advertising revenuew (from ads that appear along with the search results) to the non-profit organization specified by the individual doing the search. When you access GoodSearch via the Concord Band website (or, if you're going to use it a lot — which, of course, you are! — via a GoodSearch toolbar downloadable from the Band website), you automatically specify the Concord Band as the non-profit you wish to share in the wealth. What does "powered by Yahoo" mean? It means that a search of the Web using GoodSearch is the same as a search using Yahoo.

    How much does the Concord Band receive each time you use GoodSearch? About a penny. But don't laugh! Those pennies can add up. Consider the math: Our newsletter goes to about 3,000 highly intelligent individuals inclined to support the arts. If 10% of you use GoodSearch, having specified the Concord Band (which, remember, takes no special effort once you download the GoodSearch toolbar from our website), and, on average, you do just 10 searches a day, your favorite symphonic wind ensemble (the Concord Band) will earn almost $11,000 per year! But wait; if you're one of those who thinks that using GoodSearch to help the Concord Band is such a good idea, won't you encourage your friends to do it, too? Of course you will! is another Yahoo-sponsored and -assisted idea, one that can earn non-profits like the Concord Band substantial donations. Yahoo has arranged to be paid a commission every time a GoodShop retail partner makes a sale online via a link on a participating non-profit organization's website. As in the case of GoodSearch, half the commissions are then contributed to the non-profit participants. More than 500 retailers with a presence on the Web are already participating, possibly 600 or more by the time you read this. In the graphic in the center of this article are a few of the more popular retail brands from which the Concord Band stands to receive significant contributions.

    The size of the contributions that Yahoo's retail partners are paying through GoodShop vary widely, but range from less than 1% to as much as 30%. A typical contribution is probably 1%. However, some very popular retailers are paying more. For example, at the time this article is being written, Staples is making contributions of 2%, and Office Depot up to 4%. So, if your business spends $50,000 a year on office supplies and equipment, and you buy them online from one of these retailers by first visiting the Concord Band website and then clicking on the GoodShop link, $1,000 to $2,000 will be donated by Yahoo/GoodShop to the Concord Band each year. And keep in mind that big-ticket items like computers that you might purchase from Office Depot, Staples, HP, Dell, Best Buy and probably a few others can help you help us in a big way.

    Everything you need to know to begin using GoodSearch and GoodShop can be found on the Concord Band website.

    If you'd like to help out financially, we hope that you'll avail yourself of GoodSearch and GoodShop as often as you can. But may we play it safe and suggest that you make a direct contribution to the Concord Band? Please write a check for as much as you can afford and mail it in the enclosed envelope. If you have no return envelope, simply send your check to the address at the top of this newsletter.


    It's Time to Make Your Concord Band Holiday Pops Reservations

    Be sure to use the reservation card enclosed with this mailing to make your reservations early for the Concord Band's annual Holiday Pops concerts, to be held at 51 Walden on December 12th and 13th at 8:00 PM.

    There's no better way to celebrate the holiday season than to enjoy an evening of great music and fun in the festive 51 Walden holiday atmosphere! Holiday Pops with the Concord Band has become a tradition with many area families and sells out early. Seating at tables of four is priced at $20 per adult, $15 per child (12 and under), including beverages and snacks. Return your reservation card today! Reservations can also be made by calling 978-897-9969.


    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    Saturday, October 25th
    51 Walden, Concord, 8:00 PM
    Friday and Saturday, December 12th and 13th
    Use enclosed card for reservations, or call 978-897-9969


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    The Concord Band Association.