Why a Long Beach Municipal Band?
Each year the topic comes up about why does the City of Long Beach have its own Municipal Band.
From its beginnings, Long Beach residents enjoyed public concerts on the beach and in the parks. Dr. W.L. Cuthbert, a former Civil War surgeon located to Long Beach with his family and in 1901 formed what is perhaps the first public band in the City -- The Cuthbert Family Band.
The band played for several years. Cuthbert played the horn and the drum. (He is buried in the Long Beach Municipal Cemetery.)
As tourism grew in the City, particularly at the beach, Italian immigrants working in the sardine factories and on fishing boats also provided a great deal of music. In fact, music on the beach provided a source of revenue for the immigrants which was not taken positively by the local residents.
The current band is a conglomerate of musicians from Southern California.