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Bay Area Concert Band

Saturday July 13 @ noon Mingus Park, Coos Bay

A community band has been part of the Coos Bay area since the days of Louis Simpson. The Bay Area Concert Band has opened every Oregon Coast Music Festival since the festival began in 1978!. The Band is a recognized non-profit organization. The group of ~40 distinguished musicians from in and around the bay area welcomes student musicians of proven ability to join them. Conductor Stephen Simpkins will lead the band in performance of an array of typical band music including light classical, medleys from composers of Broadway and famed movie hits, Latin music, and marches.

Boathouse Jazz with Aaron Johnson, Wilbur Jensen, Ilya Lushtak, Dave Captein, & Greg Chen

Sunday, July 14 @ 2pm OIMB Boathouse, Charleston Reception at intermission by Black Market Gourmet [LIMITED SEATING prohibits our selling more online. Please call the office to make a ticket purchase, 541-267-0938]

Community and Visiting Bands: A Century Plus of History

Tuesday, July 16 @ 2pm Coos History Museum 2–4pm with Steve Greif, Wilbur Jensen, Aaron Johnson, Jill Hayner-Thompson & others In light of the sesquicentennial celebration of Coos Bay/Marshfield, learn about the variety and musical groups that performed in our region and hear some of the stories. View photo selections of the traveling and local orchestras and bands and listen to selections of some of the music from participating musicians.

Voices of the Community

Wednesday, July 17 @ 7pm Hales Center for the Performing Arts, SWOCC [TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR]

Musicians from our community provide an eclectic selection of musical genres and instruments. Featured are performances by Dace Sultanov, Cello; Second Wind, a quartet of male voices; and the Swingin’ in the Rain big band. Tickets $15, and students are free.

Bahuru and Baduku Marimba Bands Dance in the Park

Saturday, July 20 @ noon Shore Acres State Park Gardens

The Bahuru and Baduku Bands are Zimbabwean marimba bands, comprised of middle and high school students and are part of the Tri-Cities Steel Band Association, of Richland, Washington. The association promotes world music through education and music performance, and the bands are directed by Walt Hampton.

Marimba Workshop Friday July 19th @ 3-4:30pm in Umpqua Hall 109, SWOCC. Free with advance registration requested.

Meet the members of the Tri-Cities Steel Band Association’s two Marimba Bands, their director and chaperones. Join them to explore the instruments and the musical arrangements. Learn about their group’s history.

Mipso at the Boathouse

Sunday, July 21 @ 2pm OIMB in Charleston [TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR]

Since making their acclaimed debut with 2013’s Dark Holler Pop, North Carolina-bred four-piece Mipso have captivated audiences with their finely layered vocal harmonies, graceful fluency in the timeless musical traditions of their home state, and a near-telepathic musical connection that makes their live show especially kinetic. Learn more on their website.

Festival Orchestra I Concert (James Paul, Conductor)

July 23rd @ 7:30pm Marshfield High School Auditorium [TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR]

Programming Changes for 2024 Festival Orchestra Maestro James Paul will program and conduct the opening concert (Orchestra Concert I) on Tuesday, July 23. This will be a grand performance and a celebratory finale for our Music Director and Conductor of 31 years who is retiring this year. Maestro has chosen the following compositions: Sullivan: Overture to "The Yeomen of the Guard"; Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending with Steven Moeckel soloist; and Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.2. We plan a gala reception for Maestro Paul at Marshfield following the concert.

The Empire Builders Oregon Army National Guard Band

July 24th @ 7:00pm Hales Center SWOCC



No Brass No Ammo Army National Guard Brass Street Band

July 25 @ noon Coos Bay Waterfront

Pops Celebrates American Composers: Aaron Johnson, Soloist

July 25 @ 7:30pm Marshfield Auditorium [TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR]

Adam Stern returns as Associate Conductor to conduct the Thursday night Pops Concert July 25 with an excellent selection of music by American composers. Pops programing will feature a broad selection of music by composers including Gould, Joplin, Anderson, Bonds, Copland and Ellington. Saxophone soloist Aaron Johnson will join the Orchestra for three songs.

Redfish Music Quartet/Quintet

July 26 @ 7:00pm First Presbyterian Church, North Bend

W. A. Mozart - E flat piano quartet. Erst von Dohnanyi - Piano Quintet Op. 1.

Fritz Gearhart & Miya Saito-Beckman Violin; Leslie Straka, Viola; Andrew Smith, Cello;  Genevieve Feiwen, Piano.

Festival Orchestra II. Festival Finale (Martin Majkut, Guest Conductor)

July 27th @ 7:30pm Marshfield High School Auditorium [TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR]

The Saturday night July 27 performance (Orchestra II) will feature Guest Conductor Martin Majkut, who has selected Smetana: Vltava; Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes; and Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, From the New World. Majkut is Music Director for the Rogue Valley Symphony in Ashland, Oregon, Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra in New York, and faculty member of Aaron Copland School of Music.

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Unlike posters in years past that showed Octavius the octopus, Clarence the Dungeness crab, Tucker the tiger rockfish or Odysseus, the sea otter, in the wilds of the Pacific Ocean, this year’s poster shows the complexity and roots of a coastal community: an estuary, where the river meets the sea and fish, invertebrates and other aquatic critters start life, grow up or return home. Birds and marine mammals depend on estuaries, too.  Our Estuary, Our Community” has herring returning to spawn and leaving their eggs on eelgrass, an important home for young rockfish, crab, salmon and herring. Eelgrass gives them cover from the birds above looking for a feast, as evidenced by the bird floating on the surface (take your pick - ducks, gulls and other waterfowl and shorebirds flock to the estuary when the herring spawn). A coho salmon also is returning upriver to spawn. Purchase this Poster

Mark Your Calendars

Sat. 13: Festival Opening Concert with Bay Area Concert Band: noon @ Mingus Park
Sun. 14: Boathouse Jazz with Aaron Johnson, Wilbur Jensen, Ilya Lushtak, Dave Captein, & Greg Chen - Reception by Black Market Gourmet: 2pm @ OIMB Boathouse
Tues. 16: Community and Visiting Bands: A Century Plus of History 2-4pm @ Coos History Museum
Wed. 17: Voices of the Community 7pm @ Hales Center for the Performing Arts
Fri. 19: Marimba Workshop: Bahuru and Baduku Marimba Bands 3pm @ Umpqua Hall 184, SWOCC
Sat. 20: Dance in the Park: Bahuru and Baduku Marimba Bands noon @ Shore Acres State Park Gardens
Sun. 21: Mipso at the Boathouse 2pm @ OIMB, Charleston
Mon. 22: Adam Stern & Steven Moeckel Preview Concert I noon @ Umpqua Hall 109, SWOCC
Tues. 23: Orchestra I: James Paul Celebration: Steven Moeckel soloist 7:30pm @ Marshfield Auditorium. Post Performance Reception in Cafeteria.
Wed. 24: Adam Stern & Aaron Johnson Preview the Pops noon @ Umpqua Hall 109, SWOCC
Wed. 24: “The Empire Builders” Oregon Army National Guard Band: 7pm @Hales Center SWOCC
Thur. 25: “No Brass No Ammo” Army National Guard Brass Street Band: noon @ Coos Bay Waterfront
Thurs. 25: Pops Celebrates American Composers: Aaron Johnson soloist: 7:30pm @ Marshfield Auditorium
Fri. 26: Adam Stern & Martin Majkut Preview Orchestra Concert II noon @ Umpqua Hall 109, SWOCC
Fri. 26: Redfish Music Quartet/Quintet: 7pm @ First Presbyterian Church, North Bend
Sat. 27: Orchestra II with Guest Conductor Martin Majkut: 7:30pm @ Marshfield Auditorium
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Thank you to our 2024 sponsors!

Premier Sponsor - Audrey A. Albaugh

Gold Baton Sponsors

First Community Credit Union; 7 Devils Brewing Co.; The Mill Casino

Silver Baton Sponsors

Banner Bank; Oregon Coast Center for Sinus Wellness/Charles G Hurbis, MD; Friends of Shore Acres; ISSCO; Juul Insurance Agency; The Jeffrey and Bradford McKeown Team at Morgan Stanley; Nasburg - Huggins Insurance; Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center; Tower Ford; West Coast Contractors; The Wonderful Company

Dr. Charles Hurbis

Grant and Foundation Support

Judith Ann Mogan Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation/South Coast Orchestra Endowment Fund, Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation

South Coast
Endowment Fund
Charitable Foundation

Business Sponsors of Musicians

 Walt's Pourhouse, Oregon Pacific Bank, Pacific Propertie, Russ Clark State Farm, Honda World, Shoji Planning, LLC


Program Page Sponsors

Bay Optical Lab, Color Tile, Chuck’s Seafood, Coos Bay-North Bend Chapels, Engles Furniture Inc., Morgan Veterinary Hospital, Nasburg-Huggins Insurance, Downtown Health and Fitness

In Kind Support

Big Foot Beverages, Coos Bay Manon Bed And Breakfast, Checkerberry’s Flowers and Gifts, Suzann Anaya and the Mill Hotel Hospitality Staff, The Tuna Guys, Wegferds Printing & Publications, Wildflour Public House, Vend West Services