Sunday, April 23, 2023

In Memoriam: Lloyd F. (Buck) Grace

Buck Grace

The Concord Band honors the memory of percussionist Buck Grace. A proud veteran of United States Navy, he served from 1945–1948 as an Aviation Machinist Mate, aboard aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge. After receiving a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Buck's professional career spanned chemical engineering at U.S. Steel, industrial administration at Kennecott Copper Corp., and facilities services management at W. R. Grace & Co.

A talented mechanic, Buck built elaborate model train layouts in his basement and backyard. The garden railroad became a center of entertainment for family and friends, ultimately inspiring fascinating train travel for Buck and his wife, June, throughout the US and abroad.

Decades of intellectual and spiritual gatherings enriched Buck's life with enduring friendships and inspired his unabated curiosity. An avid walker, his quest for optimal aging aligned with his ability to find humor and positivity in life.

Buck displays custom percussion equipment.
A Depression-era upbringing shaped Buck's work ethic and sparked passions including music and a desire for lifelong learning. The son of a musician, Buck’s musical talents extended beyond voice and piano when in his retirement June, who in 1995 was a flutist and member of the Board, invited him to join. He became a percussionist, performing with the group as recently as last summer. Through on-the-job training, he mastered the crash cymbals and many accessory instruments.

Rolling stand base
Buck's mechanical skills were employed for constructing and perfecting unique percussion gadgets. When commercially available cymbal stands proved inadequate, Buck built a rolling base for the commercial stand to accommodate rapid instrument switch-ups that occur frequently in percussion parts.

Buck was highly regarded for his "can-do" spirit and aplomb under pressure. He was renowned for his punctual renditions of the "whip" in Sleigh Ride and remembered by audiences for his humorous performances, front and center, on cymbals and accessories in A Salute to Spike Jones.

Buck was commemorated together with other honorees in the In Tribute Concert on March 4th.

Sunday, April 16, 2023

In Memoriam: Dr. Daniel S. Diamond

Daniel S. Diamond, PhD

Members of the Concord Band mourn the passing of our long time percussionist and board member Dan Diamond. Among his many duties and contributions to the band were fundraising czar, editor of the newsletter, executive producer and publisher of the Band’s audio recordings on CD and video recordings on DVD.

To acknowledge Dan’s many contributions to the Band, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, and in 2020 the Concord Band board commissioned The Diamond Baton from noted composer Roger Cichy.

More information about Dan’s life is in his obituary, and remember Dan's contributions to the Concord Band as you listen to the Band’s recording of The Diamond Baton premiere performance on YouTube.

Articles written by or about Dan Diamond

During his years as editor of our newsletter, Notes from the Concord Band, he authored a trove of articles. We present here a list of articles of general interest.

  • Roger Cichy Composes The Diamond Baton
  • Live Premiere of The Diamond Baton
  • Video Featurette: The Diamond Baton
  • Musical Inventions Necessitated by Being a Percussionist
  • Lifetime Service Award Given to Percussionist Daniel S. Diamond
  • Dan Diamond, percussion soloist
  • The Making of the Concord Band Concert Archive
  • Memoir: My Triumphant Two-Concert Tenure with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Meet the Concord Band Percussion Section
  • The Community Band Spectrum
  • Integrating Technologies to Magnify the Support of Our Mission
  • The Community Band with a Professional Attitude
  • Building the Concert Band Audience
  • Some of the Percussionists’ Less-Often-Called-For Instruments
  • Memoir: Senior Member Recalls a Lifetime of Service
  • Saturday, April 1, 2023

    Amanda Carr Returns to Spring Pops!

    Amanda Carr
    jazz vocalist

    Audience favorite jazz vocalist Amanda Carr returns as special guest artist to perform with the Concord Band for two special nights. The theme for the Pops concerts is "Moon and Stars."

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