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Paulette Westphal




About the Band



The band is a traditional concert band open to everyone high school age and older. It is a diverse, but united, adult community band intent on providing both a quality and challenging musical experience for its members, while providing quality performances for its audiences.

The band offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for musicians to practice and perform their art. The band, consisting of volunteers, serves Burbank and surrounding communities in Los Angeles, California.

In February, 2012, the band became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

small mapBand practices are on Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30. (Why? See the Band History page.) Rehearsal location is in the community center at Robert E. Gross Park and Community Center, 2800 W. Empire Avenue, Burbank, CA 91504. Click on the map image for a larger size map and directions. Bring a music stand and, of course, your instrument(s). There are NO auditions and NO fee to play.

Concert uniform consists of a band-logo shirt, black pants, socks and shoes. These are provided by the band members. The shirt with the band's logo is available for purchase through the band.

In addition to performances for the general public, the band plays for many elementary schools as an educational experience. The children love having all the instruments demonstrated for them. Often times, one child is selected to direct the band - memory for a lifetime. If you would like to schedule a performance, visit the Contact Us page.

Mendez photoThe music the band performs ranges from marches and show tune medleys to traditional concert band repertoire. There's something for everyone at every performance.

The band's signature march is "Diamond Head" by Rafael Méndez, which we play for children at our school concerts as well as for most of our other performances. Mr. Méndez played with the band when it was known as the Lockheed Band (see the Band History page), and it was during that time that he composed this march and gave it to our director. He also played for a while in the Los Angeles Police Department Band. Click for a short biography of Mr. Méndez, known as the World's Greatest Trumpet Virtuoso.



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