The Sound of Tradition
Just about every Sunday since 1882, the Golden Gate Park Band has been performing for San Franciscans, tourists, and park-goers. Nested between the Academy of Sciences and the de Young Museum at the Spreckels Temple of Music (which became its home in 1900) the GGPB has become a San Francisco institution — some of the musicians you can see performing today have been with GGPB for over 20 years. They must be doing something right. Now, after 132 years and over 5,000 concerts, the group can say it has conquered just about any style of music it has had thrown its way. Classical? All of the time. Showtunes? Done. Swing? They love it. They don’t get older — they just get better and better. For its August season, the band performs a number of styles, including a day of Hungarian music, a weekend of Ukrainian music, and a Sunday of various selections from the Golden Age of Band Music.