PENINSULA BANJO BAND
The PBB was organized in 1963 as the Cupertino Banjo Band. As it grew and
attracted members from all over the Peninsula bordered by the Pacific
Ocean and the San Francisco Bay its name was changed to the Peninsula
Banjo Band. The band was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1975.
Membership varies from 45 - 70 and includes plectrum and tenor banjoists
as well as wash tub bass players.
The PBB has performed at many public and private
affairs including street festivals, retirement homes, private parties and
grand civic occasions. It performed at the anniversary celebration of the
Golden Gate Bridge, the reopening of the cable cars, San Francisco’s Black
and White ball, Candlestick Park, the Cherry Blossom festivals, Music in
the Park in San Jose, the opening of the San Jose Convention Center,
special events at the De Young museum and for President Clinton and
Vice-president Gore. Most recently, the band performed at the opening
ceremony of The Tech museum in San Jose.
The band has been directed for 38of its 40
years by Charlie Tagawa, a master of the tenor banjo.
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