The Urquhart Memorial Concert Band
Joel Toste, Director
The Urquhart Memorial Concert Band of Oakland, California -- also known as The Oakland Band, The Oakland Community Band, and even the Oakland "Parks" Band -- was founded in 1922 as the Oakland Letter Carriers Union Band. It has evolved since then. It is now a community band and a service band in the San Francisco Bay area.
"Community" means that players at every level of ability are welcome. "Service" means almost all of our gigs are done for free in service of worthy causes. This year we're playing a regular schedule of concerts for folks in retirement homes, and we also play for various US Coast Guard special ceremonies and events. Members of the band also commonly participate in other area events, such as the Alameda 4th of July parade, the Alameda Memorial Day ceremonies, and the Alameda Christmas Tree Lighting.
The band presently has about 25 regular members, including brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba), woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, sax), and percussion (drums, mallets.) In general, additional players on a part are always welcome. The repertoire is mostly traditional material, such as marches, Broadway compilations, classical pieces composed for band, novelty tunes, big band standards, and dixieland.
We rehearse in a very fine, safe facility on Coast Guard Island, offshore of Oakland, every Wednesday night at 8PM. Gigs are commonly also scheduled on Wednesday nights, in place of that week's rehearsal.
If you are interested in joining, please stop by sometime. If you're interested in having us play for your organization, community event, or ceremony, let us know that too. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
...the band at a recent Coast Guard ceremony...