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North Coast Symphonic Band Pops Concert at the Liberty


Janet Bowler



The North Coast Symphonic Band will return to the historic Liberty Theater in downtown Astoria for a Pops Concert at 2 P.M. on Sunday, March 15, 2009. Lee Stromquist will direct the band and featured soloists will be trombonist Alan Pierce who recently retired after 45 years with the Oregon Symphony and vocalist Jeanne Bellinger of Ocean Park, Washington. Assisting Stromquist with conducting duties will be Bob Joiner, Brian Bergman, and Rachel Lake.

Featured selections on the Pops Concert program include “Barnacle Bill,” a novelty bass trombone solo performed by Alan Pierce and “Lassus Trombone” featuring all the trombone players in the band, including some who normally play other instruments. The NCSB will perform “American in Paris,” as well as pop music of the 60s and 70s and marches by John Phillip Sousa.

The Beerman Creek String Band will perform pre-concert entertainment starting at 1:30 P.M. Vocalist Jeanne Bellinger will sing a set of tunes during the concert with the NCSB Jazz combo consisting of Bob Joiner, Dave Drury, Jerry Pedersen, Lee Stromquist, and Dave Huber.

Regular admission for the March 15 concert is $10. Student admission is $8. Children 12 and under are free when escorted by an adult. Tickets are available in advance at the Liberty Theater Box Office, (503) 325-5922 Ext. 55, open Tues – Sat: 2 – 5: 30 P.M. and two hours before the event.

The North Coast Symphonic Band is in the midst of its twenty-ninth season and enjoys a partnership with the Clatsop College Arts and Ideas Program. Members range in age from sixteen to seventy-seven and attend regular Monday night rehearsals from as far away as Ocean Park, Rockaway Beach, and Puget Island. Currently there are openings in the band for clarinet players and percussionists. For more information about the band or the concert, e-mail or call 503-325-2431.


NCSB Students1. NCSB Students (First Row: Masen Bowers – Clatsop Community College, Erika Barber – Clatsop Community College, Jasmine Thomasian, Astoria High School, Tara McDonnell – Warrenton High School; Second Row: Nathan Porter – Warrenton High School, Monica Milner – Clatsop Community College, Joe Allen – Astoria High School, Evan Knight – Astoria High School

2. NCSB Educators (First Row: Kim Gray – Seaside School District, Shelly O’Conner – Warrenton School District, Jessica Van Son – Longview School District; Second Row: Rachel Lake – Ocean Park School District, John Hammond – Warrenton – Hammond School District, Brian Bergman – Ocean Park School District, Ian Anderson – Astoria Schools volunteer)

3. NCSB Conductor Lee Stromquist


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