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Huntington Beach Free Concerts are a 100 Year Tradition Near the HB Pier

While the current Huntington Beach Concert Band formed in 1973, the tradition of concerts and music dates back 100 years to Huntington Beach's first band concert at the Pavilion near the Huntington Beach Pier. Here's the newspaper account of that first concert event. What a day it must have been!

Dateline: April 1914

Sunday Band Concert was Favorably Received
Director Neilson and his Boys Donate Their Services

Just to show the citizens of Huntington Beach what  they can do in the way of open air concert work the Huntington Beach band, under the direction of Ernest A. Neilson, gave a free concert in the pavilion Sunday afternoon, from 3 to 5 o'clock.

Old timers agree on the matter of attendance Sunday afternoon being larger than any day in the history of the city when there was no special entertainment. And to give some idea as to how the band music was appreciated it might be stated that following the rendition of Overture "Poet and Peasant" the attention had been so marked that the audience was almost silent enough to have allowed one to hear a pin drop on the floor of the pavilion. There were musicians present from Anaheim and Long Beach, who praised the work and the band, and the band boys are certainly to be commended for their good work, as there is nothing that the general public is more interested in than band music; and the impression left on the visitors here Sunday afternoon is worth more than many may suppose it is.

The Huntington Beach Municipal Band under the direction of C.H. "Pop" Endicott was said to have enlivened many events. Picture was taken in the 1920s.

March for Pier Day.

Richard Menzel, the bass player will compose a march which the band will play Pier Celebration Day. Mr. Menzel has been a member of bands at San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Long Beach.

Only Three More Required: Director Neilson states that but three more players, a clarinet, cornet, and baritone are required for the band to be able to put on any kind of concert work.

Today as you attend free concerts in Huntington Beach think about the many people who have stood in the same place, listening to concert band sounds and having the times of their lives, just like you!



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