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By Ruth Longoria | July 31, 2008
The event was pretty much what La Cañada City Councilman David Spence imagined when in the 1990s he urged the city to begin a community Music in the Park event. Spence previously told the Valley Sun he’d been to Maine nearly 20 years ago and seen a community park event where everyone gathered to enjoy an evening together and hear the community band play. The event was a lot of fun and people vacationing from all over came out to hear the band play, he said. In a similar fashion, hundreds of folks gathered last Sunday night at Memorial Park, prepared with blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets and, in some cases, the family pet, ready for an evening of entertainment, relaxation, and family fun. They weren’t disappointed.
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August 14, 2008
Letters to the Editor Kudos to band’s conductor, soloist I enjoyed Ruth Longoria’s article about the LCF Community Band and the people enjoying Music in the Park [“Striking the right note,” July 31]. I would like to add many cheers for Susan Hamre, who rehearses and conducts the band, and for the marvelous young soloist who sang “The Impossible Dream.” It was a talented and delightful program. — Elizabeth McMurray Glendale   Editor’s note: McMurray and others may be happy to learn the LCF Community Band returns to the Memorial Park bandstand this Sunday.
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July 6, 2006
Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic will take to the bandstand in La Cañada Flintridge Memorial Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 9 as the latest offering in the summer Music-in-the-Park concert series. The city of La Cañada Flintridge and the Valley Sun co-sponsor the series, which continues each Sunday through Aug. 27. Thierry, who has been labeled as the Jimi Hendrix of Zydeco music, will be marking his 27th birthday on the day of his performance here. He was born in Richmond and raised in the East Bay area, but has deep French Creole roots.
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By Bianca P. Gallegos | July 13, 2006
Sway your hips and dance the evening away to the rhythm of the music. Long before the band was even there, dozens of residents and non-residents took up nearly every foot of turf with shade at last Sunday's Music-in-the-Park concert. While the crowd awaited the first song to play children played ball and chased each other around. Meanwhile the Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic band was on their way. Once on site, without any rest the band quickly unpacked their equipment, tuned up their instruments and began to jam. Some anxious dancers didn't hesitate to jump on their feet and dance in step to the harmonious tunes by the accordion.
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By Mary O'Keefe | August 18, 2005
The La Cañada Flintridge Community Band performed the West Coast premier of an original composition titled "Cassini's Rings" at Sunday's Music-in-the-Park concert. JPL Astronomer and a member of the Cassini team Steve Edberg had been told of the musical composition by R. Brad Perry from NASA Langley Research Center. Perry is a member of the Cassini Saturn Observation Campaign outreach program. He heard the composition at a middle school performance on the East Coast. The composer, Michael Oare, is a director of bands at Great Bridge Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia.
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By Olivia Smith | August 21, 2008
The La Cañada High Spartan van lined the side of the Memorial Park gazebo on Sunday, Aug. 17, but it was not the LCHS band playing this time, instead it was the LCF Community Band, conducted and organized by Susan Hamre, in its second Music in the Park appearance this summer. Hamre, who usually works at LCHS as music director, devotes her summers to the community band who gathers out of love and passion for music. ?The difference between them and the philharmonic is that they don?
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By Charles Cooper | March 16, 2006
The La Cañada Flintridge Parks and Recreation Commission last week granted a permit and fee waiver to the Kiwanis Club for a wine and food fund-raiser scheduled for Sept. 17 in Memorial Park. This year's event will be combined with a fine wine auction, according to club officials. Club members will be allowed to set up the day before. The commission also heard preliminary information on the annual Music in the Park program, scheduled for May through August on Sundays in Memorial Park.
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By Ruth Longoria | July 31, 2008
The event was pretty much what La Cañada City Councilman David Spence imagined when in the 1990s he urged the city to begin a community Music in the Park event. Spence previously told the Valley Sun he’d been to Maine nearly 20 years ago and seen a community park event where everyone gathered to enjoy an evening together and hear the community band play. The event was a lot of fun and people vacationing from all over came out to hear the band play, he said. In a similar fashion, hundreds of folks gathered last Sunday night at Memorial Park, prepared with blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets and, in some cases, the family pet, ready for an evening of entertainment, relaxation, and family fun. They weren’t disappointed.
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