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Nov 2, 2012 1:51 AM by Jeanette Trompeter

SLO County Band to hold concert for the homeless

The San Luis Obispo County Band will perform its 18th Annual Benefit Concert for the Homeless, Sunday afternoon, November 18th, at 3:00 pm at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church. SLO County Tribune Columnist bill Morem will be Guest Conductor.

The program will support the Homeless Shelter of San Luis Obispo with all proceeds going to help with the Shelter operations. There is no admission charge for the concert but a free-will donation to support the homeless shelter will be taken at the door.

The program theme is "Around the World in 80 Minutes", a musical voyage to many different places and times in a band concert setting, and contains music by composers from Tchaikovsky and Offenbach to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sammy Nestico. There will also be toe-tappin' pop favorites and plenty of John Philip Sousa. The Band is under the direction of Leonard Lutz.

Morem is a native of our County having been born at Camp Roberts where his dad was returning to service during the Korean War and was raised and educated in San Luis Obispo. He has been a journalist for over 40 years, serving as managing editor of a half-dozen newspapers as well as publisher of Monterey Life Magazine. Bill has been with the SLO Tribune for 25 years as a copy editor, editorial page writer, and columnist with his column appearing weekly in the Tribune. Bill says his musical background is limited to piano lessons in the third grade but he does play a mean kazoo. Bill and his wife, Sharita, have been married for 40 years and have a three-year old grandson, Madden.

The San Luis Obispo County Band is celebrating its 138th birthday in 2012. It traces its origins back to the "SLO Military Band", founded in 1874, perhaps a local outgrowth of the popularity of brass bands created during the Civil War.

Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church is located at 1701 Frederick Street in San Luis Obispo. For more information, call 543-5691 or see the Band's website: http:// www.slocountyband.org for more information.

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