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Symphonic band announces its 38th season

Friday, September 7, 2018

North Coast Symphonic Band returns to the Liberty Theatre for its 38th season in October.

The community band, with Dave Becker as conductor and musical director, is a self-supporting nonprofit group with 50 volunteer musicians.

The group provides two of its four annual concerts for free.

The first concert of the season is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. “Dances of Enchantment” will feature a collaboration between the North Coast Symphonic Band and 3 Leg Torso, a well-known ethnic folk band from Portland.

Each group will be featured alone and then perform together on several pieces. The concert is made possible by grants from the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Community Foundation. Ticket pre-sales will be announced soon on the Liberty Theater website.

Other concerts:

**The band and Liberty Theater will collaborate for a “Festive Winter Holiday” concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 16. It will feature vocalist Deac Guidi and other guest musicians. 

**“In the Spotlight” is at 2 p.m. April 7 and features retired Oregon Symphony trombonist Alan Pierce. Clarinetist Marten King from Tigard will solo in an arrangement for band by Jeremy Johnson, band director for the Astoria School District. Several other soloists and guest conductors from the band will be featured. This concert is free.

**The “Spirit of Adventure” free concert is July 3 and celebrates America’s birthday, with patriotic favorites and popular vocalists Andy and Rachel Becker, who have appeared with the band in the past. 

There are openings for clarinetists, trumpeters and percussionists, with waiting lists for other sections of the band. Interested musicians should own their own instrument, play at the advanced high school level or higher, and commit to attending six rehearsals before each concert.

For more information, contact Lee Stromquist at 503 -861-1328. 


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