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Corvallis Community Band

Sharing the joy of music with our community


Friends of the Corvallis Community Band

Fall Update - November 2015

Dear Friends: It seems like a long time since August 25 when the Community Band finished its 2015 Summer Concert season. We took the month of September off and got together again on October 6 to work on our annual Children's Concert in November and look ahead to our annual Holiday Concert in December.

The Children's Concert is on tap for tomorrow, November 10, at 1 PM in the LaSells Stewart Center. We're expecting 600 fourth graders, teachers, and chaperones. The program is planned around some elements of the Fourth Grade curriculum: The Oregon Trail and Oregon History, and Elements of the Solar System. School buses will bring the students to campus and whisk them back to school at the end of the concert. It's an exciting day for everyone, students, teachers, and band members alike! We especially thank Dr. Tom Laster, DDS, for his generous support of the expenses for this concert.

Then we will turn our full attention to our Holiday Concert, scheduled for Tuesday, December 8, at 7:30 PM in the Community Center at the First United Methodist Church. Once again, we'll welcome the dancers of the Willamette Apprentice Ballet for several numbers, including the ever-popular"Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson. We'll feature several pieces about toys--a theme that will carry over to our Winter Concert on March 15. But more about that at another time.

The Holiday season is always a busy one for our musicians. Not only does the band play a concert, but the ensembles of the band appear in many venues during December.

For example, several of our band members will be providing music for the Corvallis Community Nativity Festival. This annual event is coming up December 4-8 at the Corvallis Stake Center at 4141 SW Harrison. It is a beautiful way to start your Christmas season. Come and enjoy the amazing display of nativities and listen to the beautiful music.

  • Flute Cocktail (our flute choir) is playing a half hour concert on Fri., Dec. 4th at 5 pm.
  • Gathering Winds (wind quintet) will provide background music on Saturday from 2 to 3.
  • Sax Trax (saxophone quartet) is playing background music on Saturday at 4:30.
  • The Spiritoso Wind Quintet will be playing background music on Saturday at 5:30.
  • Inclusive (a ukulele ensemble including two of our band members) will do background music from 1 to 2 on Sunday.

In addition, the Beaver Country Hot Air Band - and friends - will be "caroling" in Downtown Corvallis from 1- 2:30 PM on Saturday, December 19. We will begin at the Old World Deli and walk around the Downtown area, playing on street corners and storefronts (and if the weather is inclement, we'll hope to be invited inside to play!)

When I hear of more Holiday appearance of our band members, I'll let you know. We hope to see you at our Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 8, at 7:30 in the Community Center of the First United Methodist Church.

Thanks again for your interest and support.




Friends: Pat Zimpleman and Nancy Waring

We value our “friends” who come to our concerts in the summer and throughout the year. We have an e-mail list to inform you about what we are doing and what volunteer opportunities we have.

E-mail List: We send out a newsletter approximately once a month, with a calendar of our concerts and information about the band. During the summer, the newsletters are a little more frequent, since we play so many concerts in June, July, and August.

If you would like to be on that list to receive Community Band News, please send your request to Sue Borden ( We’d like to know your mailing address and phone number, as well as your e-mail address, but the only really necessary information is your email address.

See below for links to past issues of Friends of the Community Band Newsletters.

Volunteer Opportunities: From time to time, we need non-band members to help us with tasks that we often can’t do ourselves. Here’s a list of some of those:

  • Ushering at indoor concerts during the academic year
  • Managing sales of Band items at concerts (both summer and winter)
  • Marketing - distribution of posters
  • Publicity - speaking about the band at club meetings
  • Expertise - help with fundraising, marketing, logistics, sound, lights
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Sue Borden (e-mail address above) or Steve Matthes (e-mail at bottom of page) and one of us will put you in touch with our volunteer coordinator, or put you to work directly. We are always open to ideas you have, so don’t hesitate to contact us.

Friends of the Community Band