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Photo by: Cameron Pippin
Conductor Bruce Weinberger conducting during a song. January 20, 2024.

The production “Trains, Trains, Trains!” by Fresno Community Concert Band was on Jan. 20 in the Fresno City College Theatre and was conducted by Bruce Weinberger. 

The concert was well-rounded with harmonious tunes and very imaginative music, there was even a section where Weinberger had the audience close their eyes to visualize the music. 

While at most band concerts people can only hear a few select instruments, audiences can hear every instrument at a perfect level without being overbearing. 

Using different instruments captured the essence and realism of steam train sounds. As well as the use of a steam train’s steam whistle. 

“As a creative director, I have full control over choosing music. I first choose a theme, then I choose the music that best fits the theme,” Weinberger said.

The band consists of instrumentalists ranging from college students to an 87-year-old. Their jobs range from registered nurses to professors from local universities. Because of this, they can only meet once a week for around two hours and somehow, still manage to be in tune and balanced.

Band manager, Julie Garcia, explained that they have six concerts for each season and have performances at Fresno City and Shaghoian Concert Hall.

“This is our 30th season and we had a previous concert where we had local composers come out and join us,” Garcia said. 

For people looking for a fun, family-friendly event in town, the band has three more concerts coming up: A Saint Paddy’s Eve Fest on March 16, On Broadway on April 20, and their last concert of the season called For Those We Honor on May 26.

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Cameron Pippin, Reporter
Cameron Pippin is a 22 year old female from Clovis California. When she graduated high school in 2019 she tried five different majors and even the military before she decided on triple majoring in Journalism, Photography and Communication. She decided on her majors after viewing social media posts from Sports Girls Club, Fangirl Sports Network, Olivia McDonald, and so many more. After College she plans on becoming a sports photojournalist or a social media manager for a professional sports team. When Cameron isn't working or at school, she is engulfed in a new book, or outdoors either at Shaver Lake or Millerton Lake in California. A fun fact about Cameron is that she is a member of the Clovis Rodeo Association for the Clovis Rodeo. She also loves listening to music, and her favorite genre of music is Country, however she has been listening to a lot of Folk music like Paris Paloma, Henrik, Hozier, and Benson Boone.

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