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Oboe 2/English Horn
Clarinet in Bb 1
Clarinet in Bb 2
Clarinet in Bb 3
Bass Clarinet in Bb
Alto Saxophone in Eb 1
Alto Saxophone in Eb 2
Trumpet in Bb 1
Trumpet in Bb 2
Trumpet in Bb 3
Horn in F 1
Horn in F 2
Horn in F 3
Horn in F 4
Crash Cymbals & Suspended Cymbal
Centennial Celebration Fanfare is dedicated to the Long Beach Municipal Band and its conductor, Mr. Larry Curtis, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the debut on March 14, 1909.
The piece is a celebratory fanfare representing cresting waves, warm ocean breezes, and the flourish of sails along the coastline of Long Beach, California. The continual rise and fall of the tide, like the music itself, brings with it the excitement and optimism of another sunny day by the sea. The Long Beach Municipal Band has entertained the citizens of Long Beach for 100 years and the Centennial Celebration Fanfare is a “thank you” to the musicians and conductors of this great band both past and present. The city of Long Beach is privileged to have the Municipal Band as part of their rich heritage and we hope to enjoy the band’s summer evening concerts for millennia to come.
The Long Beach Municipal Band
At the turn of the 20th century, bands in America were in their prime. The rise in popularity of the United States Marine Band in Washington DC during the 1890’s turned the emphasis from brass bands to the fully instrumented concert bands of today. Every town wanted a “Marine Band” of its own and the City of Long Beach was no different. The primary purpose in creating the Long Beach band was to help promote the city’s emerging tourism trade.
The premiere performance of the Long Beach Municipal Band, under the direction of E. Harry Willey, took place on Sunday, March 14, 1909, in the Bath House Band Shell at the foot of Pine Avenue Pier. From its inception, the band was very successful, performing over 500 concerts a year, all of which were broadcast live throughout the region over radio station KGER. Other notable appearances over their 100 year history have included several Tournament of Roses Parades and most recently the 2000 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference in San Luis Obispo, Ca.
The Municipal Band has had only ten conductors during the band’s illustrious 100-year history. One of the most recognized was the world-renowned cornetist and assistant conductor of the famed John Philip Sousa Band, Herbert L. Clarke. Clarke left the Sousa Band and became the conductor of the Municipal Band from 1923 to 1945. Clarke’s first concert was on November 30, 1923, and over 3000 people packed the Long Beach Auditorium to greet their new conductor.
Today’s Long Beach Municipal Band entertains well over 10,000 people each week in the parks of Long Beach. Since 1909, the band has presented over 57,000 services and performed over 1 million pieces of music. The Long Beach Municipal Band is the oldest non-military professional band in the United States, and is fully funded by the City of Long Beach.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
John Alan Carnahan (b. 1955) is Director of Bands and Director of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, where he has been a Professor of music since 1988. His teaching responsibilities include conducting the University Wind Symphony and serving as Professor of Graduate Conducting. Prior to his appointment at Long Beach, Mr. Carnahan served as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Texas, Arlington where he taught music education courses and conducted the marching and symphonic bands. Before his years in Arlington, he was Director of Bands at Clovis High School in Clovis, California.
Representing the “new generation” of wind band conductors, Professor Carnahan brings a broad knowledge and extensive background in all idioms of instrumental music performance. His university ensembles have gained widespread notoriety for distinctive performance quality and imaginative musical interpretation and have been honored with invitations to perform throughout the Western United States, Europe and Japan. The Los Angeles Times has hailed the University Wind Symphony as, "…thoroughly disciplined and euphonious!" A champion of new music, Professor Carnahan has been a member of numerous national commissioning projects and the University Wind Symphony has premiered more than twenty new works over the past several years.
In addition to his university duties, Professor Carnahan is highly active nationally as a guest conductor, adjudicator, lecturer, and composer/arranger. He has conducted ensembles at the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Biennial National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Southwestern and Western/Northwestern Division Conferences, the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) State Conference, the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) State Conference, and internationally in Europe, Japan, and Korea. He is in demand as an honor band conductor and has conducted countless performances at the local, regional, and state levels. Most recently he held the position of visiting professor/conductor at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea and conducted a highly acclaimed Wind Orchestra performance at the Seoul Arts Center Theater. Professor Carnahan is a sought after clinician and has presented numerous clinics and performance demonstrations for national and statewide music education organizations and conferences including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. His innovative and thought-provoking sessions on ensemble rehearsal techniques and the art of conducting are always well received. His commissioned pieces have received many performances and his arrangements have been heard throughout the United States and Japan. Professor Carnahan recently won the 2007 College Band Directors National Association Young Band Composition Contest with his work entitled, …and the antelope play. The composition is included in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Volume 7, published by GIA Publications, Inc.
He holds membership in the California Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. He has also been honored with membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Education Degree from the University of San Francisco.