The Laguna Community Concert Band scored another hit performance Monday at the Festival of Arts.
The concert was a musical triumph that few would have imagined when the idea of a community band was first conceived over a cup of coffee in 1998 at Zinc Café. Founders Bill Nicholls, Teresa Marino and Carol Reynolds had come up with an idea whose time was long overdue.
In the beginning the band had to beg to be heard. Many in the audience at the early concerts were there because of their friendship with the original band members: local conductor Ed Peterson, musicians Dennis White, Ken Hanson, Sheryl Caverly, Niko Theris and the three founders.
The band has since grown to 60-plus members. Some of them, like Reynolds, a pianist, hadn't touched another instrument in years. Now she sits in a full brass section, playing the French horn.
"Who would have thunk it?" she said.