An American Tradition – The Long Beach Municipal Band – Since 1909 – Great Music

Founded in 1909 the Long Beach Municipal Band performs twenty-four free summertime public concerts throughout that Southern California city.  This is without a doubt one of the finest bands in America’s musical history.  Here’s a live performance of Franz von Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, conducted by the great Larry G. Curtis.  He has been the maestro of this amazing professional ensemble since 1993.

I had the good fortune and honor to work beside him and to perform with Mr. Curtis’ university band.  He was my mentor during my post-graduate work in the school of music at California State University at Long Beach.  I remain his friend.

There are many great musicians in the country and in the world.  This gentleman is among the most talented and accomplished.  Beyond that, Larry Curtis is a true blue American patriot.  I have always had the utmost respect and admiration for him.

His son Kurt Curtis, who many years ago played trumpet in the Arcadia High School Band I conducted, is now the Director of Bands at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.  Kurt has performed on many motion picture soundtracks and also plays in the Long Beach Municipal Band.

The Curtises have made a huge contribution to American culture.  Enjoy the music.  You won’t hear any better.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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