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.