Local artist Charlotte Severin presented a commemorative plaque to the Pleasanton Community Concert Band Sunday following a musical performance at the Firehouse Arts Center.
The plaque went to the band and its conductor Bob Williams, a founding member of the band.
Severin told the audience that she had chaired the community's bicentennial festival committee in 1975. Among its many worthwhile, lasting contributions was the creation of the bandstand in Lions Wayside Park. Bill Herlihy, then a City Councilman, asked Severin, "If we have a bandstand, how about a band?" she recalled.
It was Severin who came up with the answer, by persuading Amador Valley Adult Education to sponsor a community band, as it still does. Williams receives a paycheck for the band's weekly rehearsals, but he turns the full sum--and then some--back to the band in the form of sheet music or equipment that he purchases for the group.
All of the band musicians are volunteers, ranging in age from the teens to the 80s. They perform free public concerts, often a dozen times a year. Their next concert at the Firehouse Arts Center will take place April 3. They also appear at the community's Fourth of July celebration at Lions Wayside Park.
Severin's framed award included an historic photo of the band members plus an inset of the Williams with the following inscription: "Given with great appreciation for your generosity of time and talent in serving as the Pleasanton Community Concert Band for 35 years."
Besides Williams, two other founding members still play with the band. They are Yvonne Grielich, clarinetist, and Bob Butler, percussionist.