|Port Townsend Summer Band
2017 is the 25th Season of the Port Townsend Summer Band
Karl Bach's 17th year as conductor
25 years Entertaining Port Townsend
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'Port Townsend March' by Karl Bach
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Thanks from our audience:
On a Sunday July afternoon
My friend Karl Bach conducts
Such a medley of songs
But “Carousel” is so touching.
It brings tears to my eyes,
So restrained, so romantic.
This consummate musician
Leads the band in a wondrous series of songs.
As I survey the summer scene:
Cargo-carrying ships passing,
Sailboats, a kayak,
Ferries back and fro,
And above me towering douglas firs and lacy western red cedar
In this lovely temperate summer sunshine
It is the closest thing to heaven.
I’m surrounded by families,
Children funning forth with their hair streaming behind
Old folks tapping out the time to melodies.
Thank you maestro and your fellow musicians
You make Port Townsend the community it really is:
People all assembled together
To enjoy the outdoor summer
Which blesses our peninsula on a peninsula.
Port Townsend, Washington
July 30, 2012
Wonderful job with the summer band at the Legion today. The music went well with such a wonderful Memorial Day tribute. Thanks for your personal service and for your dedication to the summer band and providing such programs.
"Karl, The band is such fun, and so much a part of what makes Port Townsend special! I thank you."
Barbara - September 1, 2016
"Dear Mr. Bach, Thanks for having the Summer Band - a winner for all: Old, young, player, audience. It's always a pleasure to be part of this tradition. "
Yours truly, Dottie Kemp - June 27, 2016
"Dear Karl and PT Summer Band Members. I write to congratulate you on your "two in a row" concerts so far this summer - Chetzemoka and the Legion. Stirring selections done with enthusiasm and precision under your most capable direction and inspiration. Your new piece "Saturday Afternoon March" is inspired and delightful. I imagined walking the sidewalks of P. T. enjoying the vistas and hearing the music. . . . Thank you all for your continued passion and expertise!"
Sincerely, Beth Mackey - July 5, 2015
|"I wanted to express my appreciation to you and your PT Summer Band for the phenomenal and stirring service that you gave and presented on Memorial Day (2012). A lot of folks and Legion Members have told me the experience and the program was one of the best ever and that they were honored to be with us on the occasion. Your music and patriotic involvements always make these programs the BEST! Thank you! I am very honored to be a participant in such great company. "
~ Bill Carpentier
"A belated thanks to Karl and all of the band for the terrific Independence Day concert at the American Legion Hall. The band has never sounded better, and the selections were perfect. We appreciate all that you do in our community.
Thanks so much,"
~ Mike and Shelly Reiss