As summer looms tantalizingly close, the sweet sounds of the Corvallis Community Band can once again be heard across the lawn of Corvallis’ Central Park. This season’s Summer Concert series, now in its 31st year, presents 12 concerts:
• June 19 — Music from the OSU commencement
• June 26 — Music from Ireland and Scotland, featuring soloist Rebecca Lomnicky, Corvallis Hish School graduate and internationally acclaimed Scottish Fiddler
• Monday, July 2 — Patriotic Favorites, performed at the Corvallis Knights game at Goss Stadium, OSU
• July 3 — Patriotic Favorites, reprise
• July 10 — Children’s concert, featuring a teddy bear parade (teddy bears invited), led by CCB’s Rebecca Douglas
• Monday, July 16 — Broadway’s Best, featuring Gale Hazel and Paul Pritchard performing selections from “The Music Man,” at Bruce Starker Arts Park
• July 17 — Broadway’s Best, reprise
• July 24 — Sounds of Sousa
• July 31 — CCB Plays the Classics, featuring Gale Hazel performing selections from “Carmen”
• August 7 — Sousa and Friends
• August 14 — All that Jazz, featuring Steve Matthes on clarinet and saxophone
• August 21 — The Latin Beat
• August 28 — Community Band favorites
Community Band director Steve Matthes chooses the series’ musical themes. “I try to have variety over the course of the summer, and I try to change it a little bit from year to year,” he said.
The Community Band does have its yearly favorites and standards. “Every year we have a patriotic, a Sousa — because everybody wants a Sousa concert — a Broadway, a classical,” Matthes said.
After choosing which musical themes to have during the series, Matthes then has to choose which individual pieces the band will play.
“That’s a little harder,” he said. “I’ll pull selections we’ve played during the year at our indoor concerts, because those are already well rehearsed. And then I try to get in as much variety as we can.”
Choosing the pieces is made even more difficult by the fact that the band has only 50 minutes with which to rehearse each concert.
“You have to do things that can be rehearsed in a hurry,” Matthes said. “I pretty much know, after doing this for a long time, what the band can do in minimal rehearsal time.”
One thing Matthes hopes will be different this year from last year is the weather.
“I’m just hoping we have better weather in June than we had last year,” he said. “It was cold and wet for the first five concerts we had last year, so I’m hoping the weather will be a little warmer and drier.”