Concert band in Limón continues a long and unique tradition

Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud photo
The band is heavy on brass and percussion.

When vacationers plan their escape to Costa Rica, many schedule a few days at the Caribbean coast to partake in the laid back vibe and Afro-Caribbean food and music.

In 1906, the Ascensión Esquivel Ibarra administration saw a need to protect this asset and founded a concert band in the region. It was called Banda de Conciertos de Limón and was designed to captivate the musical essence of the culture and was made an institution under the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

The clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion players would harness the reggae and calypso beats and recreate it for the future generations in Limón as well as persons in the other provinces. They also play Latin American classics.

“A remarkable feature of this band is that each presentation consists of a suitable repertoire, with particular emphasis on the rescue of the Afro-Costa Rican music,” said the band biography, adding:

“This versatility seeks to satisfy the tastes and expectations of the majority, and reach the most remote communities to bring people to the music and art.”

The vision of the Banda de Conciertos de Limón is to be an important local and international cultural institution, and to execute this task with professionalism and intellect, it said.

The band gives concerts the second and last Sunday of every month at the Explanada de la Catedral de Limón at 7:30 p.m. They also give cultural concerts to communities outside Limón one Sunday out of the month.

Special concerts are preformed in theaters, auditoriums and schools around the country as well as in prisons and nursing homes

Keeping with the volunteer spirit, the band will give a free concert today at 2 p.m. en el Hogar de Ancianos de Cieneguita in Limón. Director Juan Carlos Meza Solano will lead the performance.

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