The Sebastopol Community Band held its first indoor concert on January 17th at the Graton Community Club under the direction of new conductor Nathan (Nate) Riebli. Playing to a capacity crowd of more than 100, the band played a variety of classics arranged for concert band including Sibelius’ Finlandia, Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov’s Night on Bald Mountain and the Berceuse and Finale from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite No. 2. A clarinet quartet, a brass quintet (“Zimpher Brass) and a flute duo  played additional pieces interspersed between the band numbers.

We didn’t know what kind of an audience we’d get since we’ve only ever played for events before and never a stand-alone concert. Our low-key advertising in the Sonoma West Times & News and West County Gazette payed off, bringing in quite a few beyond the expected families and friends. We had a great time and the audience enjoyed the music.

The band will play the same program in early February at the independent senior living complex, the Lodge at Paulin Creek. We’ll play portions of the program with several additional pieces on Sunday, April 25 in a joint concert with the  Santa Rosa Wind Symphony directed by Bennett Friedman. That concert is currently scheduled for the Graton Community Club, but we’ll likely need a different venue that can accomodate both bands and a few audience members.

I am the French horn player for the aforementioned  Zimpher Brass. We formed for the purpose of the concert, but plan to work up a large enough repertoire to play for events or for ad hoc concerts in the area.

The original Sebastopol Band (ca. 1900)  (photo courtesy the Sonoma County Library)

The original Sebastopol Band (ca. 1900) (photo courtesy the Sonoma County Library)