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Emmy Award Winning Documentary

We are delighted and proud to announce that filmmaker Edward Hermoza Kramer received an Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural documentary from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Region on Saturday, June 14, 2008, for his documentary of the Coastal Communities Concert Band of Encinitas.

The 60 minute documentary, Community Band: Our Lives in Music, is an in-depth study of the 80-member concert band. The Emmy is dedicated to late director/conductor Don Caneva who reminds us all that while our bodies are made up of 75% water, our hearts are 75% music. The documentary contains interviews with director Don Caneva, composer/arranger Sammy Nestico and numerous band and audience members. It captures the band in behind-the-scenes footage as they rehearse and perform. The documentary has aired numerous times on KPBS San Diego and local access stations and is available on DVD

The Sudler Silver Scroll

North America’s most prestigious award for community concert bands

Administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the award’s purpose is “to identify, recognize, and honor those community bands that have demonstrated particularly high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years, and which have played a significant and leading role, year after year, in the cultural and musical environment of their local communities.” Please visit the Sousa Foundation for more information and the honor roll of the bands that have received the award.