Muni Band Schedule Shrinks to 18 Concerts This Year; Here's Info From City Mgm't Memo


(June 15, 2012) -- LB's Municipal Band 2012 concert schedule is now reduced to 18 performances, basically three and half week's worth of performances stretched to encompass five weeks starting July 5th and ending August 3rd (schedule below)

In 2011, there were 20 concerts. In 2010, there were 27. In 2009, there were 28. In 2008, there were 31 (and the concert schedule ran from June 24 to Aug. 15).

The 103 year-old municipally (City Hall) funded band -- which includes a paid conductor and paid professional musicians -- receives less municipal funding than in prior years as Councilmembers confront cutting core services including police, fire and libraries.

A May 21 memo from Parks & Rec Dir. George Chapjian to City Manager Pat West, which Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske received on June 12 and swiftly made public on her non-taxpayer-paid blog, provides this year's concert schedule and describes the fiscal situation:

The management memo indicates that two of the band's usual four-per-week concerts (one in Whaley Park, the other in Los Cerritos Park) have been eliminated, citing the fact that July 4th this year falls on a Wednesday. That reduces this year's series from 20 to 18 concerts and brings the cost down to $295,600 to be covered as follows:

Tidelands Fund$65,000
Gas & Oil Dept.$50,000
Environmental Services Bureau$50,000
POP (including all funds raised)$32,000
Pass the Bucket *$48,600
Port match$50,000

[text in memo footnote] * "Using historical data from the past several years, "Pass the Bucket" generated in excess of $2,700 per concert in 2011 and will be presented at each 2012 concert as "Keep 5 Alive" in reference to the need to raise enough funds to keep a 5 week series for the Band. Staff is confident that at least $48,000 can be raised during the 18 concerts, and supports using this toward the Port match as funds raised during the match period."

Mr. Chapjian's memo indicates that in addition to any funds on hand at the end of the concert series, the Friends of the Municipal Band plans to conduct a fall series of concerts, begin a Membership Program and seek weekly sponsors for the 2013 Concert Series "to alleviate the need for sponsorships or City funding support."

Below is this year's concert schedule. They all start at 6:30 p.m.

July 5Whaley Park
July 6El Dorado Park West
July 10Whaley Park
July 11Los Cerritos Park
July 12Marine Stadium
July 13El Dorado Park West
July 17Bixby Bluff
July 18Los Cerritos Park
July 19Marine Stadium
July 20El Dorado Park West
July 24Bixby Bluff
July 25Los Cerritos Park
July 26Marine Stadium
July 27El Dorado Park West
July 31Bixby Bluff
Aug. 1Los Cerritos Park
Aug. 2Marine Stadium
Aug. 3El Dorado Park West

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