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Notes from the Concord Band

Notes from the Concord Band

Since 1959..................P.O. Box 302, Concord MA 01742............Published Semi-annually

Fall 1995 Newsletter


Friday and Saturday December 8 and 9

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to enjoy an evening of great music and fun in the festive 51 Walden holiday atmosphere. Concord Band Holiday Pops is a tradition in Concord and sells out early. Plan a great evening out with your friends and neighbors and the Concord Band. Table seating is available at $12 per person ($48 for a table of four; $72 for a table of six) and includes beverages and snacks. Don't be disappointed — call for reservations today! For reservations call (508) 897-9969.

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William M. Toland Named Music Director Emeritus

When Bill Toland retired last spring after 33 years as Music Director of the Concord Band, he could reasonably assume that his association with the Band had come to an end. The Band's Board of Trustees, however, couldn't quite see it that way. They decided shortly after Bill had announced his retirement to them in 1992 to appoint him Music Director Emeritus, a permanent appointment that would continue his affiliation with the Concord Band for life. The announcement of the appointment took place at Bill's retirement dinner on May 20 at the Concord Elks Club.

Attended by well over 100 current and former members of the Concord Band and their guests, the party was a festive occasion, with musical entertainment provided by a pick-up group of Band members who sounded as though they had been rehearsing for months.

Bill has since moved with his wife, Beth, and two daughters to Marquette, Michigan, where Beth will be a medical resident in Family Medicine, having received her MD in June. All of us in the Band think of Bill often, and as soon as our Board of Trustees figures out exactly what Bill's responsibilities as Music Director Emeritus are, he'll be the next to know. We are sure that he will be asked to visit whenever he can, to continue to write music for us and then to conduct premiere performances. Perhaps we'll ask him, in his spare time, to try to raise a few million dollars for the Concord Band.

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Fall 1995 Concert

The Concord Band presented its first concert of the 1995-1996 season under new Music Director, Dr. William G. McManus, on Saturday evening, October 28 at 8:15 PM. The concert was held at 51 Walden, Concord's Performing Arts Center and the Band's permanent home.

The concert presented major works for concert band by such great composers as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Darius Milhaud and Alfred Reed. The concert opened with Königsmarch, a wonderful concert march by Richard Strauss. The featured work of the first half of the concert was Darius Milhaud's Suite Francaise, which was first performed by the Goldman Band in 1945. Milhaud, who composed the work shortly after the end of World War II, named each of the five movements after different provinces in France where the American and Allied forces fought along side the French underground for the liberation of France. The first half of the concert closed with John Zdechlik's Chorale and Shaker Dance. The second half of the concert featured the British Band masterwork, English Folk Song Suite, by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The concert closed with Part One of Alfred Reed's Armenian Dances, a tremendously exciting and challenging work by one of America's greatest composers of concert band music!

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The Summer of 1995: A Perfect 10!

On Thursday, July 27, the Concord Band played the last of its ten summer concerts, completing its busiest summer season ever« and the first in which not a single concert was either canceled or cut short due to rain. With ten concerts in just six weeks, it must have been something like trying to take a drink from a firehose for Bill McManus, who had joined the Band as Music Director in May.

The 1995 summer season began with a celebration of the Concord Museum before an extremely appreciative audience at the Middlesex School in Concord on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in June. The following Thursday evening, the Band opened its tenth season at Fruitlands Museums in Harvard, Mass.

The Band performed its usual six-concert series at Fruitlands before unusually large crowds. Attendance at the first of the six concerts, estimated at more than 2,000, eclipsed that of the final concert of the previous season, which had been the best attended concert until then. Each week the crowd was larger than it had been the week before. It is now clear that the Concord Band's summer series at Fruitlands has become an institution, no longer beginning the season with a small audience that would build along with aware ness that summer had finally arrived. The beautiful weather this past summer certainly didn't hurt. In addition to its Fruitlands series, the Band played four additional concerts including the opener at the Middlesex School: one i

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Bill McManus Wins Mass. Music Educators Distinguished Service Award

William G. McManus, who became Music Director of the Concord Band last spring, was recently awarded the 1995 Distinguished Service Award by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA). The MMEA, whose members are more than 1,200 music educators from across the commonwealth, selects one of its members each year for this prestigious award.

Bill, a Past-President of the MMEA, has been extremely active in the organization for more than 25 years. He has worked at the district level, state level and also the Eastern Division level. Most recently, he has served as chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Music Education, an organization advocating for the inclusion of music in the public school curriculum.

The award, which was presented to Bill at the 1995 MMEA All State Conference in Danvers, reads as follows:

The Massachusetts Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award is presented to Dr. William G. McManus for his dedication to high standards in Music Education for all students of Massachusetts; for his inspirational leadership as an administrator in his community and our association; for his tireless efforts to influence state government as to the importance of the arts in every child's educational life; for his total commitment to our profession.
Dr. McManus is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and holds a Master of Music and Doctor of Education from Boston University. He currently serves as Director of Fine and Performing Arts for the Belmont public schools. He is also on the faculty of Fitchburg State College. Prior to assuming his position in Belmont, McManus was Supervisor of Music in the Leicester Public Schools (1965- 1971) and Coordinator of Music for the Westborough Public Schools (1971-1983).

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Premiums, Premiums, We Have Premiums!

The Concord Band Souvenir Shop (actually, a table next to the refreshment stand) was a busy spot this past summer on the lawn at Fruitlands Museums in Harvard. Concert-goers purchased Concord Band ceramic mugs, T-Shirts and post cards (see photo, above). These items are now available to you as premiums for increasing your contribution to the Concord Band or by becoming a first-time contributor to the Band.

As you drink your morning coffee, you can be reminded that there's always a Concord Band concert on the horizon. Or help promote the Band by becoming a walking Concord Band billboard. Need to drop cousin Nellie a line? Do it on a Concord Band picture post card!

Here's the deal: If your increase your annual contribution to the Concord Band by $50 or more, you will be entitled to a set of six Concord Band ceramic mugs. A first-time contribution of $100 or more will bring the same fantastic prize! At Fruitlands this set of mugs fetched $40. Increase your contribution by $35 or more (but less than $50) or give $50 to the Band for the first time, and your prize will be a Concord Band T-Shirt (sizes avail able: M, L, XL) worth $15 at the Concord Band Fruitlands Souvenir Shop. Last, but not least, if you increase your contribution to the Concord Band by $15 or more (but less than $35) or give $25 to the Band for the first time, you will receive a pack of 10 Concord Band post cards, showing the entire band on stage at 51 Walden together with both Music Director, Bill McManus, and Music Director Emeritus, Bill Toland. At Fruitlands these sold for $2.50.

With the premiums we're offering, how can you afford not to increase your donation substantially. Or, if you've never given before, now's the time to cash in on our premium bonanza! One catch: you must specify the premium you qualify for on your contribution envelope. T-Shirts and post cards will be mailed to the address you supply. Mugs must be picked up at 51 Walden either on the night of October 28 or at other times that can be learned by calling (508) 897-9969.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Like most community-based non-profit organizations, the Concord Band can use all the help it can get. On top of our list of needs is a Volunteer Coordinator, whose job is to channel the interests of those who express a willingness to help into efforts that will assist the Band in carrying out its mission of bringing the best in concert band music to the community. At present, most of the tasks listed below are carried out by members of the Band and its Board. More outside assistance would allow us to do a much better job.

The opportunities are many: Holiday Pops represents an enormous physical undertaking. Help is needed with everything from taking reservations to decorating the hall, waiting on tables, and selling raffle tickets. Other areas where help could be used include organizing mailings, logistics, and planned giving. If you have an interest, we have a job for you! Please write to the Band (address above) or call (508) 897-9969 to volunteer.

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