Bob played the clarinet since he was nine and joined the Atlanta Concert Band at age 31 in 1974. In addition to serving for some time as Principal and Clarinet Section Leader he served on the Board, and in many other capacities from driving the equipment truck to writing grants. Bob was always the first to say hello and welcome new members to the band, especially in the clarinet section. Kristin Ciprari remembers he welcomed her and her mother when they joined 18 years ago and how helpful he was from finding her and her mom a place to sit to setting them up with music folders. Kristen stated that Bob knew so much about the clarinet, musically and mechanically, and was always sharing articles and suggestions to improve our playing. He brought a complete tool kit with him to every rehearsal and could repair just about anything on a clarinet. He was quick to offer his help whenever anyone needed to perform a repair. Mark Lesser added that when his son began playing clarinet Bob was very helpful in finding appropriate music and offering his assistance. Sandra Cuttler stated that Bob was a very kind man who mentored many of the clarinetists in the Atlanta Concert Band. Sandra first met Bob over 35 years ago while playing with the Atlanta Wind Symphony. He served as a mentor to her and helped her to become a better player. Sandra joined the Atlanta Concert Band in 2000 and was happy to again be playing clarinet alongside him. Bob was highly respected for his musicianship and his leadership in organizing small groups to play. Each year the band sent a small group of performers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home to perform at Christmas time. Bob led this effort for many years. I joined the Band in 2000 and have set next to Bob for most of that time. Bob was an excellent clarinet player. He had a music room in his house that was filled with instruments, music, records, and memorabilia of all sorts from the many years he played the clarinet. He was a passionate musician. It was a pleasure to perform with him. Bob brought joy to others through music. May his memory be a blessing for all who knew him. For The Atlanta Concert Band, Richard Giddeon
The ACB is a versatile music ensemble that revels in the opportunity to bring to our audiences everything from classical and traditional music to pop, jazz, movie scores and even music selected from popular video games! In our 2011 concert season, the ACB included several unique selections in our performances, including a musical background to a video presentation of "Godzilla takes Vegas" and a live musical accompaniment to a professional reading of the famous poem "Casey at the Bat".
Please see our upcoming schedule of concerts.
We also are eager to bring our music to all of the people of the Atlanta area, so along with our regular concert venues we have made a great effort to bring the band to different areas around Atlanta, performing at suitable high school auditoriums, churches and synagogues around the metro area. The performances are presented to the general public and/or special audiences, free of charge much of the time. We are striving to provide accessibility to the arts to populations for whom concert attendance may not be a common opportunity.
In addition, this year a new initiative has been started by ACB to expand our outreach efforts for music education to Georgia's youth, with a goal to connect with schools and educational programs throughout the area and provide concerts, mentoring and unique connections with the live performance arts. Note: The Atlanta Concert Band is a traditional concert band or community band, with a dual mission of bringing arts to our community and providing a forum for arts education to the next generation. Emphasis is on:
Rehearsal - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 471 Mt. Vernon Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30328
Concert - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Glover Park, Marietta, 50 N Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060
Concert - Free - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St., Roswell, GA 30075 | Admission: Free
Concert - Free - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta, GA 30363 | Admission: Free
Concert - Free - 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 471 Mt. Vernon Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30328 | Admission: Free