The Pensacola Civic Band, now in its 48th Season, has a great season planned for 2019 and 2020 that include some fantastic guest artists. Below are short descriptions, dates & times, and locations of the upcoming concerts this season. Mark your calendars and don’t miss out on the great music Pensacola has to offer.
Sketches of Spain
Saturday, November 9th, 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre
The music of Spain has a long history. It has played an important role in the development of Western music and has greatly influenced Latin American music. When one thinks of Spanish music, many images and sounds come to mind; beautifully adorned flamenco dancers, running with the bulls, and bands with the signature trumpet vibrato!
The Pensacola Civic Band opens its 48th season with “Sketches of Spain,” featuring the world-renowned Boston Brass. The performance takes place on November 9, 2019 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre and begins at 7:30pm. Under the direction of Don Snowden, the Pensacola Civic Band will perform music that will ignite the senses to all that Spain has to offer.
Boston Brass consists of Jeff Conner and Jose Sibaja on Trumpet, Chris Castellanos on French Horn, Domingo Pagliuca on Trombone, and William Russell on Tuba.
For 31 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment captivating all ages. The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.
Christmas at the College
Monday & Tuesday, December 16th & 17th, 7:30 p.m.
Pensacola State College, Ashmore Auditorium
This is one of the most favorite times for the Pensacola Civic Band and for the Pensacola Music Community. With a festive air and bounce all around, we surround ourselves with the sights and sounds of Christmas. From decorations throughout Downtown Pensacola to the buzz in all the stores, one constant is the music of the Holiday season. We welcome back each year our favorite characters with open arms; Frosty, Rudolph, the Grinch, and many more, and sing their songs that bring back those fond memories. Join the Pensacola Civic Band at the Ashmore Auditorium and celebrate the season through music.
Saturday, April 18th, 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre
“Finale (Finally!)” The spring concert features several guest artist and each one of them is connected in a special way to our long time director, Don Snowden. This concert marks the end of a tremendous career of music and education. Don Snowden is retiring and that is why he has named the concert “Finale!” We invite you to join us on this special concert as we perform some of Don’s favorites and honor his influence on so many after 44 years of music education. Joining the band to conduct is Mr. James Harris and Mr. Gerald Guilbeaux. Mr. Harris is Don Snowden’s mentor and the one who started him on trombone many years ago. Gerald Guilbeaux has a special connection to the Pensacola Civic Band as he helped start the PCB on the track of success and notoriety. Lastly, one of Mr. Snowden’s former students, Bret Barrow, will perform a solo piece with the band. Bret Barrow is the Executive Director and principal trombonist for the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.
Monday, May 25th, 5:00pm, Community Maritime Park
The 5th Annual Pensacola Memorial Day concert features uplifting musical performances, guest appearances, and dramatic readings that honor the military service of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.