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MMB Summer Youth Band Graduates to Present Public Concert July 12
5th Jul 2018 MMB Summer Youth Band Graduates to Present Public Concert July 12
Longtime Program Leader Art Martin Passes Baton to Kurt Schulenburg

MELBOURNE, Florida, June 22, 2018 – Graduates of the Melbourne Municipal Band’s (MMB) 11th Summer Youth Band program will present a concert for parents and the public under the direction of conductor Art Martin. The event will be held Thursday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Avenue. Admission is free.

The concert also marks a change in the program’s management. Martin, who founded the SYB, is stepping down after leading the program through 11 years of attendance growth. Martin is a recognized music educator who was honored in 2009 with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey International Association for Jazz Education. He is also an accomplished woodwind specialist who has performed with noted jazz bands.

Martin’s successor, Kurt Schulenburg, a professional saxophone, trumpet and piano player, was an associate conductor, trumpet player and saxophone soloist with the Crystal Lake Community Band for 20 years. He has a degree in Music Education from Lawrence Conservatory of Music, and was director and assistant director of the Cary Grove High School’s jazz, concert and marching bands. He currently conducts the New Horizons Band of Melbourne. Schulenburg and his wife live in Fellsmere.

“It’s been my great pleasure to work with these amazing, enthusiastic young people and to see them become better musicians every day,” said Martin, who is also the MMB’s Executive Administrator. “I will miss working with them but am very confident that, under Mr. Schulenburg`s direction, the program will keep moving forward.”

The auditorium will be set up with long tables so the audience can bring a box dinner to enjoy in air-conditioned comfort during or prior to the concert. Drinks will be available at a nominal cost, with proceeds going to the Summer Youth Band. No alcohol is permitted to be brought in.

The free, annual music instruction program is open to all students enrolled in 6th through 12th grade who are interested in learning to play a musical instrument, or who already play a wind or percussion instrument.

The MMB is requesting donations from individuals and corporations to help sponsor this annual program, which benefits local youth. Contact Martin at the MMB office, 321-724-0555 for more information on how to support the Summer Youth Band.

About the Melbourne Municipal Band
The mission of the Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB), established in 1965, is to bring free concerts to area residents and visitors, to promote music appreciation and education – particularly among young people – and to provide members of the band with an avenue for music performance and development. One-third of the band`s 80-plus members are professional musicians. In a typical year, the band serves 20,000 attendees, and its members give 27,000 hours of community service in the form of rehearsals and performance time.