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The Huntington Beach Rotary Club purchased an inflatable band shell at Central Park and dedicated it during the summer 2005.

The band shell project has a long history of community involvement. In 2000, a local group called Friends and Neighbors of Sea Cliff put together a proposal to build a community bandstand for Huntington Beach Central Park. Summer band concerts and other community events are held each year in the area near the Library and Cultural Center, with the audience seated on the hillside. Calendar of Events

Organizers felt there was something missing, however, and believed that an acoustic band shell would better direct sound toward the hillside.

The Rotary Club of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Sunrise Rotary Club undertook the project to raise funds to purchase an inflatable band shell that can be set up in about 30 minutes, and then deflated and stored between events. This approach avoids the possibility of vandalism and does not block park views at other times during the year.

"Rotary International is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and clubs throughout the world are encouraged to undertake a significant project that will have lasting benefit to their community," Rotarian Dale Dunn said. "Our clubs have chosen this project."

More than $15,000 was raised to purchase the shell, operating equipment and to cover shipping charges. Each club pledged $2,500 to begin the campaign along with the help of corporate donors and 31 private citizen contributions.

On Sunday, a formal dedication will be held to honor all donors, and to officially present the band shell to the city of Huntington Beach. That concert will feature the Huntington Beach Concert Band, under the direction of Tom Ridley. The final concert of the summer series will be Aug. 7, with an all-trombone group named Bones West.

More than 1,000 people have been attending the Concerts in the Park under the sponsorship of the Huntington Beach Concert Band. Audience members are encouraged to bring folding chairs or a blanket. Many bring a picnic supper. The Rotarians are hoping the new band shell will enhance the enjoyment of concertgoers and improve other community events.


The City of Huntington Beach enjoys numerous outdoor summer concerts with a fantastic line up of bands for the public to enjoy free of charge during the months of May through September. From free afternoon concerts overlooking the famous Huntington Beach Pier and Pacific Ocean at cement amphitheatre style Pier Plaza seating, to parking lot concerts at the International Surfing Museum and old-fashioned picnic basket & blanket concerts in the sun or shade of the naturally-sloped hills behind Huntington Central Library at Huntington Central Park, tourists and local residents delight in these community events.


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