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Newsfront - December 12, 2008

Passing the baton

Director Anderson leaving Danville Community Band

At the conclusion of the Christmas concert by the Danville Community Band on Sunday, Director Dr. Lawrence Anderson informed the audience that he was passing on the baton. After eight years, Anderson and his wife Jan, who was business manager and publicity director, are retiring from their active roles although they have been elected to the board of directors.

"I felt it was time to turn it over," said Lawrence Anderson later this week. "We're just taking a less active role."

He had told the band members at their last practice and they surprised him with a huge plaque and photo of the band. Mayor Newell Arnerich presented him with a proclamation from the Town of Danville.

"Larry is going to be artistic director," said Jan Anderson. "He will direct from time to time and play the clarinet in the band."

The Andersons founded the band in 2001 after they moved to Danville and felt it needed a community band. Anderson, a native of Lafayette, had previously been Director of Bands at UC Davis.

The Christmas concert last week drew more than 750 people, said Jan Anderson, the biggest ever except for when the band performed "That's Entertainment!" at the Lesher Center for the Arts in June.

Associate Conductor Robert Calonico is the new director of the Danville Community Band. He is also Director of Bands at UC Berkeley.

"It's been a fun ride for us but we're tired," said Jan Anderson. "We want to travel more, do some personal things, while we're still young enough."


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