By Thomas J. Sullivan–
Longtime Citrus Heights resident and trumpet player Linda Glover serves as band manager of the Capitol Pops Concert Band, a locally based band that traces its local roots back to cityhood.
“We started in February 1997, just one month after the City of Citrus Heights was incorporated,” Glover told The Sentinel in an interview. “Some of us were sent letters asking if we were interested in joining a community band, and after that first rehearsal, we were playing music and eager to get started.”
Glover said the CPCB is a fully instrumental band of volunteer musicians and workers. The Citrus Heights-based, self-supporting, nonprofit community band of about 50 current members represent a wide cross-section of the Sacramento area, ranging in age from high school to the 80s.
Twenty-two years later, the CPCB is proudly bringing Boston Pops-style popular music to the Citrus Heights community for free and steadily building its audience, Glover said. “We’re in it to celebrate the joy of playing music for our audience.”
The band will kick off its 2019 season this month with a free, public performance at the California Automobile Museum at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the California Automobile Museum, located at 2200 Front St. in Sacramento.
Under the baton of Director Judith Steinle, the CPCB will perform a fresh program of pop tunes, reflecting the band’s “Take Me Away” theme – a musical journey designed to please a wide variety of listener tastes. The concert, sponsored by the Niello Company, which oversees more than a dozen automobile dealerships in the Sacramento area, will be the band’s seventh annual performance at the downtown Sacramento venue. The two-hour concert includes a 20-minute intermission.
“The most rewarding part about being music director is hearing the band play music that they worked hard to learn well and seeing both players and audiences enjoying themselves,” Steinle told The Sentinel. “We play music that is both fun to play, and fun to listen to. There are plenty of opportunities for soloists, and also for returning players who want to brush up on old skills.”
A benefit concert at Douglas Middle School in Woodland follows on Sunday, March 31, at 2:30 p.m. before the CPCB returns home to play its 22nd Anniversary Concert at Rusch Park Auditorium, 7801 Auburn Blvd., Saturday, April 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Two patriotic-themed concerts are also scheduled — the first on June 30 celebrating America at Fair Oaks Village Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the second on July 4 at Royer Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Roseville.
“Some of our members have been with us from the very beginning,” Glover said. “We really need more brass players, especially those who play trumpet, trombone and baritone horn… We used to have about 72 band members but we’re down to between 45-50. We would certainly welcome more,” Glover said.
The Capitol Pops Concert Band membership dues are $50 annually. Guest musicians are always welcome to “sit in” and play. The band meets Thursday evenings in Fellowship Hall at the Christ the King Lutheran Church at 5811 Walnut Ave. in Orangevale.
The band had previously used concert space at San Juan High School on Greenback Lane to rehearse, but that space became no longer available. Glover said the concert band would like to return to dedicated rehearsal space of its own in Citrus Heights.
“I’ve always been a strong advocate that the city of Citrus Heights needs a dedicated performing arts center,” Glover said.
“Many in the arts community here in our city share that dream of a performing arts center, I’ll never stop bringing it up to members of the city council and community leaders to help see that dream come true,” Glover said.
Tax-deductible donations to the Capitol Pops scholarship fund provide private music lessons for interested student members. Contributions to a special memorial fund helps in the purchase of new music for the band.
If you would like to join the Capitol Pops Concert Band call (916) 725-5214 for more information. Visit their web site at www.capitolpops.org or their Facebook page to view a 2019 performance schedule.
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