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Oakdale Community Dance Band Offers Music And Memories
The brass section for the Oakdale Community Dance Band includes both trumpet and trombone players.

Members of the Oakdale Community Dance Band regularly fill the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Community Center with the lilting sounds of live music. Their most recent concert featured works in a number of genres.

The local community band performs the last Thursday of each month, offering a free concert from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with an open floor designed for dancing. The Gladys L. Lemmons Center is at 450 E. A St., Oakdale. All in the area and surrounding communities are encouraged to attend and enjoy the free show.

Typically, a dozen or so band members perform with instruments ranging from drums to piano, flutes to trumpets.

The group is under the direction of retired former longtime Oakdale High School music teacher Ron Quintanal, known during his teaching days as ‘Mr. Q.’

He often accompanies the band on the piano and at their last concert, the group performed 15 songs for the evening.

The style of music they played included jazz, folk, rumba, tango, blues, and polka.

Many popular songs were in the repertoire, ranging from “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” to “Danny Boy” and the “Pennsylvania Polka” to “Hello Dolly.”

“It is a talented group made of up all levels of experience,” drummer and band member Cheryl Westberg stated.

The next performance is scheduled for Thursday, July 28.

Any information or videos of previous concerts can be found on their Facebook page, Oakdale Community Dance Band.

Ron Q
Community band director and pianist Ron Quintanal began a recent performance with the song “Leap Frog.”
Oakdale Community Dance Band
The Oakdale Community Dance Band members play a variety of instruments like the flute, trumpet, drums, baritone saxophone and clarinet, among others.