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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 2014»

September 29, 2014

The Fine Arts Gallery will host an exhibit of the works of William Jones from September 29 to October 24. There will be a reception on October 1 in the Fine Arts Gallery. For more information call 281-756-3605.

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October 1, 2014

The Student Government Association will have its monthly meeting on October 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the Texas Room. Call 281-756-3686 for more information.

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October 7, 2014

Speakers representing both the Democratic and Republican parties will present their views on local politics during the Red/Blue Summit on October 7 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information call 281-756-3551.

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October 10, 2014

The deadline to apply for graduation in the fall will be October 10. To apply call 281-756-3500.

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October 11-18, 2014

The ACC Drama Department will perform the classic play Moon Over Buffalo from October 11-18 at the ACC Theatre. Performances on October 11 and 16-18 will be at 8 p.m. There will be a 2:30 p.m. performance on October 12. Purchase tickets at or call 281-756-3606.

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October 16, 2014

Registration for the second, 8-week fall mini semester will end on October 16. For more information call 281-756-3500.

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October 23, 2014

ACC Allied Health programs will offer free screenings and information during the annual Fall Fitness Fair on October 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the S Building. For more information call 281-756-5660.

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October 25, 2014

ACC will host the 39th annual Fall Festival on October 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the campus grounds. There will be many fun activities for kids including games, food and other activities. For more information call 281-756-3686.

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October 26, 2014

The ACC Wind Ensemble will have its annual fall concert on October 26 at 3:30 p.m. in the Theatre. For more information call 281-756-3588.

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October 28, 2014

The ACC Board of Regents will have their monthly meeting on October 28 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. Call 281-756-3500 for more information.

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October 29, 2014

Registration for the 2015 spring semesters will open on October 29 and close on January 13. Classes begin on January 20. For more information call 281-756-3500.

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