Breaking in the band for statehood

Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008

The Juneau Concert Band, which played to a full house on Nov. 9 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, held its inaugural performance in honor of Alaska 50th Year of Statehood.

Courtesy Of Jackie Walden
Courtesy Of Jackie Walden

The formation of this band offers adult wind and percussion players a venue to polish their musical skills and provide a "sit down" concert band for the enjoyment of the community. Conductor Brian Van Kirk in his opening remarks invited local musicians to join the band, which plans at least two concerts a year.

In keeping with the statehood theme, the 50th statehood panels, researched by June Hall and designed by Ron Klein, were on display along with archived pictures of bands in Juneau's past. Capital City Celebrations served statehood birthday cakes donated by Safeway and the new 50th statehood coffee blend furnished by Heritage Coffee.

The next Capital Celebration's statehood event will be in conjunction with the Dec. 5 Gallery Walk. A recipe contest and a performance of the Thunder Mountain Big Band are planned. There also will be a Statehood Ball on Jan. 3 and a Family Day bonfire and fireworks on Jan. 4.

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