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Saturday, July 19, 2014

ACC Community Band Celebrates 20th Year

ACC Community Band Celebrates 20th Year

The Alvin Community Band celebrated its 20th anniversary with a bang on July 4 as they braved the stormy weather and performed their annual patriotic concert prior to the fireworks display.

The Independence Day concert marked their 20th year of performing for college and community events.

While there are many community bands in the region, few have been able to maintain their strength through the years like the Alvin Community Band, said director David Griffith.

“They’re really wonderful people and we just love to play concert music,” he said. “It’s a testament to the people who are in it.”

The Community Band was created 20 years ago by retired band director Jerry Perkins. It performs alongside the ACC Wind Ensemble and Jazz Combo at its many annual concerts.

The band provides local musicians with an opportunity to perform for fun. It is not competitive and that creates a great atmosphere for musical performances, Griffith said. Members also have the freedom to pursue the type of music they enjoy, he said.

“We can play the music we want,” he said.

The band is open to any musician, regardless of age or skill level. Members include musicians of all ages from high school students to 90-year-old Jim Giblin. Family members, such as husbands and wives and siblings also play in the band together.

There are roughly 50 members of the band who come from all over the Gulf Coast, including Angleton, Alvin, League City, and other area communities.

There is only one practice each week for an hour and a half and performances are usually held on Thursdays, as well.

“It’s really the highlight of my week,” Griffith said.

The Community Band practices and performs year-round.

Traditionally, the band puts on two concerts each semester, but they have also performed for local organizations and at several events.  Their biggest concerts are held during the Fourth of July and Christmas celebrations at the college.

Aside from the opportunity to play music, band members also enjoy each other’s company and will arrive early at practice just to visit with each other.

“They’re a musical family,” Griffith said. “But it extends beyond music.”

Participation in the Community Band is free.

For more information about the band or to learn how to join call 281-756-3588.

Campus Events Calendar

«October 2015»

October 3, 2015

ACC will host its annual Student Leadership Conference on October 3 at the Nolan Ryan Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information 281-756-3686.
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October 7, 2015

ACC will host the Dolphin Wing Fling to teach students about the dangers of drinking and driving on October 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. outside the Student Center.
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October 8, 2015

Registration for the second mini semester for fall will end on October 8. For more information call 281-756-3500 or visit
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10/10/2015 - 10/17/2015

October 10-17, 2015

Drama productions of Getting Sara Married will run from October 10-17 at the ACC Theatre. All performances start at 7:30 p.m. There will be a 2:30 p.m. performance on October 11. For more information or to purchase tickets visit:
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October 15, 2015

Free screenings, flu shots and healthcare information will be made available to the public during the Fall Fitness Fair on October 15 in the Science/Health Science Building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 281-756-5660.
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October 24, 2015

ACC will host its 40th Annual Fall Festival and Zombie 5k Fun Run on October 24 on the college campus from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to sponsor a booth, call 281-756-3600.
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