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Founded in 1947 by James E. Son, the Long Beach Community Band is one of the oldest volunteer musical ensembles in Southern California. Mr. Son, who was a baritone saxophonist in the John Philip Sousa band, joined the Long Beach Municipal Band in 1924. He was promoted to Assistant Conductor in 1939 by Herbert L. Clarke and, following Clarke's retirement in 1943, continued in that capacity under Municipal Band conductors Benjamin Rolfe, John J. Richards and Eugene La Barre, before retiring in 1953. Mr. Son also served as instrumental music instructor for California Public Schools for over ten years during the 1920s and early 1930s.


With the large number of musicians coming out of the excellent high school music programs in Long Beach and the many Long Beach veteran musicians returning from World War II, Mr. Son saw the need for a volunteer ensemble in Long Beach that would provide performance opportunities to wind and percussion players who do not perform for a living. With this in mind he founded the Long Beach Community Band, which soon grew and has flourished. Now in our 70th year, the Long Beach Community Band continues to provide a wind ensemble experience for the non-professional musicians of Long Beach and neighboring communities.


Due to some confusion in recent years between the Long Beach Municipal Band and our organization, we have adopted "Shoreline Symphonic Winds" as the public name for our web site and concert wind ensemble. The non-profit 501(c)3 corporation is still called the Long Beach Community Band. The Shoreline Symphonic Winds performs classic wind band literature as well as contemporary film score transcriptions with performances year-round in the parks and concert venues of Long Beach. The Blue Pacific Swing Band, our jazz ensemble, performs for community and social events and is also available for private events.