July 4th Guest Letter
We are reaching out to you on behalf of the board of directors of The Galveston Community Band. We thought that you or another musician you know may want to join us in a fun and exciting endeavor. The GCB has been invited to play a July 4th patriotic concert on the grounds of Galveston’s historical Hotel Galvez. This is a singular event and all we ask is that you attend a “pre-concert” rehearsal Wednesday morning July 4 at 10:00am. The music is posted online and the link will be sent once you confirm participation, so you may download your parts and look them over. Of course, if you or your friend feel a need for additional rehearsals, you are welcome to attend our regular Thursday night rehearsals at The First Baptist Church at 23rd & Sealy in Galveston.
Please understand that we are not asking for your services. As a musician, we believe in musicians getting paid for their services, but in this case, we are merely offering you an opportunity to celebrate the 4th of July through recreational music with fellow musicians (When was the last time you played The Stars and Stripes Forever?)
For those who do not feel they could be a musical contribution to the band, please understand that they will not be called upon to improve a particular musical passage. Instead, we ask that when one experiences a passage that may be beyond their abilities, they simply sit out that section and reenter when comfortable. We will understand if anyone skips a particular passage and appreciate the “abstinence”. This leaves everyone free to relax and enjoy being part of the band.
We hope you accept and join us, but of course, feel free to decline with our blessing. From this point on, we will communicate solely through our Facebook page (Galveston Community Band). There, you will find details, times, dates, and any other information you may need. GCB has a few, but not many instruments available, so if you do not have or cannot find one, ask and we will try to find you a loaner. For planning purposes, please accept or decline at the following link: https://bit.ly/2w2XkLa
Please do not hesitate to call, text, or email me personally if you have questions or concerns.
Doyle T. Neuwiller
Director of Music, Galveston Community Band
India T. Allen
President, Galveston Community Band
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