Since 1912, the Oakland Municipal Band has been presenting free concerts at Lakeside Park in the heart of Oakland, California. It is one of the oldest musical organizations in the United States. The summer concerts are outdoor concerts at the historic Edoff Memorial Bandstand at Lakeside Park, making live band music available to those who may otherwise not have access to live music. The concerts reach out to underserved individuals such as seniors, young families and those on limited incomes who may not have access to a live, musical event. Lakeside Park is a cultural center of the city and the free concerts bring citizens of all ages and backgrounds together for quality music, picnicking and socializing. Some attendees have been enjoying the concerts for over fifty years!
The 35-piece band performs music from a variety of genres, including marches, classical, pop, big band, movies, international, show tunes, and more, for the enjoyment of the diverse population of Oakland and its surrounding areas. Our energetic conductor presents educational information about the various pieces being performed. In this way, we stimulate and nurture an interest among the audience in live music. We especially hope to encourage the younger members to pass on this tradition to future generations by playing live music.
All concerts start at 1:00 pm and last until 3:00. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and a picnic lunch, and join us for our 104th season!