Music: Best Brass

Let other U.S. cities pride themselves on their opera houses and symphony orchestras — Long Beach, Calif, has the nation's finest municipal brass band. And the most expensive. Topping the entire musical budget of many a city thrice its size, Long Beach (pop. 225,000) spends $86,210 a year on its municipal band. In the sparkling California summer, when the band's 33 members move out of the Municipal Auditorium and strike up Hawaiian Medley or Gems from the Bohemian Girl in the seaside bandstand, Long Beachers walk thither with springy steps, feeling that...

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