Today, after nearly 65 years of dormancy, the 70 member Saint Augustine Community Band is back in full force. Members range in ages from 16 to 80 including high school students, amateurs and semi-professionals from all walks of life. The band was re-formed in September of 2015 under the baton of Maestro Geoffrey S. Magnani, who retired in Saint Augustine from New York State. There were 38 members in the initial group but within the year the membership has blossomed to 70 and still growing. The goal is to offer instrumentalists in Saint Augustine and surrounding areas an opportunity to play in a band that is based in the city known for its rich heritage, culture and history. Members come from as far as Jacksonville south to Palatka to play in the band.
The May 19th concert wrapped up the St. Augustine Band’s first full season. It was an evening of magical music consisting of everything from Broadway tunes to classical music to concert band favorites, including:
Highlights from FROZEN (Sean O’Loughlin)
Concert Piece #2 in D minor for 2 Clarinets and Wind Band (Felix Mendelssohn)
Rest (Frank Ticheli)
Be Thou My Vision (Larry Clark)
Selections from Les Miserables (Warren Barker)
Stars & Stripes Forever (John P. Sousa)