Laredo Municipal Band Bows in Concert Monday
Posted: 5/12/11

Laredo Municipal Band Presents
First Concert May 16 at TAMIU


Laredo's first citywide band, The Laredo Municipal Band, will present its debut concert Monday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Texas A&M International University's Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Hosted by veteran band director Elmo López Sr., the concert will be free and open to the public, said Dr. David Manuel García, TAMIU director of bands.

Concertgoers can expect to hear the band perform paso dobles, marches by Karl King and John Philip Sousa, and novelty works such as “The Only Tune the Band Knew Was Auld Lang Syne.”

Other symphonic selections include Vaughn-William’s complete “Folk Song Suite” and Fred Kepner’s ”Cuban Fantasy,” written for the U.S. Air Force Band.

Special guest artist will be TAMIU instructor and soprano Dana Crabtree who will sing Johann Strauss’ “Mein Herr Marquis,” also known as the “Laughing Aria” from his opera, Die Fledermaus. Crabtree will also sing Manuel Ponce’s “Estrellita.”

The Band, which formed this year and is housed at TAMIU, is comprised of area professional musicians, band directors, community members and qualified high school students. It meets the first Monday of each month to rehearse.

“As Laredo’s first citywide band, we are excited to offer our very first concert in our community to enjoy,” Dr. García said, “Starting with this concert, we are looking forward to presenting two concerts per year, with the possibility of increasing performances as we get more established and new performance opportunities arise.”

For more information or to join the band, please contact García at 326.2640 or e-mail david.garcia@tamiu.edu

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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