Author Archives: Oboe-a-gogo

An Astronomical March

Washington DC Native, John Phillips Sousa, wrote marches for all occasions, including astronomical events. In 1883, Sousa wrote a march of commemorate the 1882 Transit of Venus. Sit back and listen to this peppy march as you watch a webcast … Continue reading

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Summer Concert Series

This Friday, June 8th, the ACB kicks off its Summer Concert Series at Market Square in Old Town Alexandria. Come out at 7:30 and hear some old favorites and some new tunes. The weather should be great!

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Spring Break!

The band is on Spring Break for the next two weeks! There will be no rehearsals on March 30th and April 6th as the school will be closed. Keep practicing and we’ll see you back on April 13th.

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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

Like the old adage goes, you get to Carnegie Hall by practicing. But research has shown in this article in Time magazine┬áthat it’s not how much you practice but HOW you practice that makes the difference. Play an instrument? Don’t … Continue reading

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It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Don’t Have That Swing – Band

Swing band practice starts THIS Friday evening, January, 20th at 7pm before concert band rehearsal. We could use any of the following: Trumpets Trombones Saxes (alto, tenor, bari) Piano Guitar Bass (string or tuba) Drum Set As usual, we expect … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year everyone!! Rehearsal tonight at Minnie Howard School, 8-10pm. See everyone there!

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Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays from the Alexandria Citizens Band! May your notes be in tune, your reeds be wet, and your valves be free of spit! No rehearsals until the new year on January 6th!

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Research Shows Musicians Have Higher IQs

While research is still ongoing, Oboe-a-gogo has a sneaking suspicion that oboists score significantly higher than brass players. A new study has concluded that musicians have IQ scores than non-musicians, supporting other recent research that intensive musical training is associated … Continue reading

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Saxophone Recital by Member Jairo Chavez 10 December at 1pm

Band member Jairo Chavez will be performing a saxophone recital at NVCC, Alexandria Campus at 1pm on December 10th. Tyler Building, rm. 130 3001 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria VA, 22311 Come out and hear some cool tunes!!

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History Tidbits

The Alexandria Citizens Band was founded in 1912 as the American Indian Guards Band. Here’s a picture of the original members from the band archives. Check out the giant triangle!!

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