San Mateo Elks Concert Band

   The San Mateo Elks Lodge is one of few Elks Lodges in the country to have its own band. The San Mateo Elks Concert Band, founded in 1959, consists of 30-35 volunteer musicians, playing all kinds of instruments from piccolos to tubas. The repertory consists of big band music, Broadway tunes, holiday music, military marches and patriotic songs, Oktoberfest music, rock and roll, oldies but goodies, light classics, and lots more. Members of the Concert Band also form smaller groups such as the Dixieland Band and the Brass Choir, each consisting of about a dozen members, which play on special occasions.

   Throughout the year, the band plays for events at the San Mateo Elks Lodge such as monthly dinner concerts (typically the last Wednesday evening of the month), members’ holiday events, the Flag Day ceremony, the installation of officers, and the annual memorial service. The band puts on an annual scholarship concert at which talented young players from local high schools perform solos.

   The band also plays for many events sponsored by civic and charitable organizations in the surrounding communities, averaging about two performances per month. In a typical year, the band plays for community parades, pancake breakfasts, Easter egg hunts, Oktoberfests, celebrations for holidays such as Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s day, the annual lighting of the boats at Pillar Point Harbor, and charity events such as Relay for Life. The band frequently performs at centers for seniors and veterans, and participates in many events honoring veterans. The band has performed aboard cruises of the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, for Flag Day ceremonies at the Yountville Veterans’ Home, and for a Veterans’ Day ceremony at the

 Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.

The band welcomes new members – please contact band director James Langdell at 650-504-8046. Rehearsals take place at the Lodge most Tuesday evenings.

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 If you have an idea of an occasion that could be made even better by the presence of the San Mateo Elks Concert Band, please share your ideas with Bill Bates by phoning 650-571-5508.

On June 24, the San Mateo Elks Band played for one of our favorite engagements of the year – the Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance car show held on the Stanford campus. It was a beautiful day for playing music, and exotic and vintage cars featured included many Italian cars like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Dino. The Band made a point of playing “Arrivederci Roma” to celebrate the impeccably restored and maintained array of Italian cars.

On September 9, we played for another favorite event, the family-friendly Burlingame Pet Parade. The parade featured alpacas, Baer the police dog, and Dusty the Klepto Kitty, in addition to hundreds of owners and pets dressed in wild and crazy costumes. The Band played “Alley Cat” to kick off its program.

Fall brings Oktoberfest season. Get ready for some toe-tapping oom-pah music from your San Mateo Elks Band!