The Valley Stream Community Band and Community Orchestra concluded their annual summer concert series on July 28. Taking place on evenings throughout July, the concerts, which were held at the Valley Stream village band shell on the Village Green, have become a decades-long Valley Stream tradition.
The concert series, cosponsored by the Valley Stream Central High School District Board of Education and Village of Valley Stream Board of Trustees, dates back to the early- to mid- 1950’s with the founding of the Valley Stream Community Band by former Central High School Music Director Dr. John Smith. The Community Band has played every Tuesday evening in July since.
Prior to the construction of the band shell, the Band played its inaugural years on the terraced front steps of Central High School. The Community Orchestra, a more recent addition to the series, began performing on Thursday evenings in 1966. Both groups rehearse for two-hours the night prior to each performance.
Musicians in the Community Band and the Community Orchestra range from high school-aged to those in their mid-90’s. Additionally, teachers from the VSCHSD Summer Music program fill out the groups, and a variety of amateur, professional or semi-professional musicians and music teachers volunteer their time. Most come from Valley Stream and its surrounding communities, and more than a few have taken part in the series for decades. Some even travel from as far away as Stony Brook to rehearse and perform.
Band conductors this season included two VSCHSD alumni: long-time member Dr. Alex Marks and current Director of Art and Music for the West Islip Schools, Eric Albinder. Additionally, West Hempstead School District music teachers Dan DiPasquale and Benjamin Coleman, and Valley Stream CHSD Director of Fine and Performing Arts, Dr. Adam Erdos, conducted one orchestra concert each. This year’s final band concert featured a rendition of “Tubby the Tuba” with narration by Valley Stream District 30 music teacher Sara Fernandez.
With this year’s series now concluded, be sure to keep an eye out for next summer’s concert season!
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