What a night of music as Pleasanton concert band opens fall season at Firehouse Arts Center

New auditorium vibrates with Mexican, American marching songs,

Visitors from Pleasanton's sister-city of Tulancingo, Mexico joined local delegates and scores of good band music fans Thursday night at a foot-stomping, drum beating performance by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band at the city's new Firehouse Arts Center.

Bob Williams led his 45-member band in a series of favorite musicals that included selections from Richard Rodgers' "Oklahoma," a trumpet polka, Glenn Miller favorites such as "Tuxedo Junction," and more mellow pieces from "Carousel."

To honor the 30-member Tulancingo delegation, which included the city's mayor Jorge Marquez and his wife Yola, the band opened the one-hour performance with Mexico's favorite marching song, "Zacatecas."

"And now, as we conclude, we'll play ours," Williams said in closing the concert with a rousing rendition of "The Stars and Stripes Forever" that had the Firehouse auditorium vibrating.

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Posted by Has Pleasanton become a ritzy town as I hear over and over?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I have lived in Pleasanton for many, many years and never thought of Pleasanton as being ritzy or too rich for my blood. However I have heard so many people comment that everyone in Pleasanton thought they were better than everyone else and anyone that lived here was rich and snooty. I have never noticed this but wondered if anyone else felt this way about my town.

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