The Kennedy Center in Washington DC plays host to world class opera, ballet, and theatre. Tonight the musicians onstage are taking a break from squad cars marked “to protect and to serve.”
Usually, the Los Angeles Police Band plays for police academy graduations or the installation of new police chiefs. But tonight the band will star on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
The LAPD established the band in 1914, but disbanded it after budget cuts in the late ‘70s. After that, Los Angeles civic leaders, including “Star Trek” creator Gene Rodenberry, helped create an all-volunteer band that grew to 75 members.
Tonight’s concert offers a mixed bag of favorites – from Hollywood fare like “Over the Rainbow” and the theme to “Chariots of Fire” to John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
You can catch the band’s next Southland performance at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on the Fourth of July.