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Newsfront - November 9, 2007

Danville Community Band appoints associate conductor

Robert Calonico, Director of Bands at UC Berkeley, has been selected as the associate conductor of the 85-member Danville Community Band.

"I am so thrilled and delighted to have Bob join me in conducting this fine group of musicians," said Music Director and Conductor Dr. Lawrence Anderson. "He is a great addition to the band and his expertise and talent will really enhance our musicians' knowledge and skills."

Calonico's duties at UC Berkeley include directing and arranging for the Cal Marching Band and conducting the University Wind Ensemble.

He is a graduate of St Mary's College High School in Berkeley and holds a bachelor's degree in music from UC Berkeley. He earned his teaching credential and a master's in clarinet performance from California State University, Hayward. He lives in Hercules, is married to a professional musician, Sharon, and is the father of a son and daughter.

Prior to his appointment at UC Berkeley, Calonico held faculty positions at Dominican College and Terra Linda High School in San Rafael.

With 35 years of professional experience, he has played with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Ballet, California Symphony, Berkeley Symphony and Berkeley Repertory Theater. He has also performed with San Francisco-based Broadway show productions including "Phantom of the Opera" and "West Side Story," Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Maria Muldaur, James Brown, Tex Beneke and Harry James Orchestras.

Calonico currently serves as Bay Section President for the California Music Educators Association.

"I am honored to have been chosen to share the conducting duties with Dr. Anderson," Calonico said. "I know I will enjoy being part of this wonderful band, it's a lot of fun for me."

The Danville Community Band is preparing for its most popular performance of the year, "A Jubilant Holiday," which will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, at the East Bay Fellowship, 2615 Camino Tassajara. The free event also will feature a special "guest" for "Jingle Bells."

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