Paul's Note - September 9, 2022

I got a note from my friend László Veres. Although he recently retired as the conductor of the Tucson Pops Orchestra, he is still conducting and directing the Arizona Symphonic Winds. I am very happy that he will continue to entertain Tucson and the Ward 2 community. 

 His note is below. The performances are at the László Veres Amphitheater at Udall Park. All concerts start at 7 pm. 

The Arizona Symphonic Winds will be continuing its long tradition of “Music in the Park” at Udall Park beginning on Saturday, September 10, 2022. 

Since 1990, the Symphonic Winds has continuously brought this favorite American tradition of free concerts in the park to the greater Tucson community. Everyone, young and old, is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to enjoy some wonderful music under Tucson’s beautiful sky. 

We are looking forward to seeing you soon, 


September 10 – Stars of the Future - Come and hear the Catalina Foothills Marching Band, all 250 of them, presenting their half time show and some selections as they prepare for the January 1, 2023 Rose Bowl Parade. You will also hear music from Vienna, the Big Band Era and other selections to fill out the evening. 

September 17 – Strike Up The Band- This concert will include marches, overtures, music for concert band, show tunes and many more very special audience favorites. 

September 24 – Hayato Tanaka, principal trumpet, Tucson Symphony Orchestra – John Philip Sousa had many great virtuoso trumpet soloists in his band. Our soloist Hayato Tanaka will be performing one of those show pieces that you will not want to miss. Selections from “Exodus”, music of John Williams and many more selections. 

October 1 – Elena Galbraith, vocal – This concert will feature one of Tucson’s favorite vocalists, Elena, who returns to the stage to sing the music of the great American songwriters - Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and others. 

At Cyclovia Tucson, the streets are yours! 

Join other Tucsonans on Sunday, October 30 from 9 am-3 pm for a four-mile block party celebrating movement, community and open streets. Enjoy local food trucks, performances, and family-friendly activities all along the brand new ‘Thrive in the 05’ route, in the Blue Moon and Sugar Hill neighborhoods on the route will be free from cars for the day and open to people to walk, skate, ride bikes, dance, play, stroll and engage in any other form of people-powered movement. Halloween costumes are encouraged! Head to to learn more, participate, or volunteer! 

This will be the first year of Tucson Meet Yourself since our community lost folklorist and local good guy “Big Jim” Griffith. The festival he started in 1974 continues this year, and they are looking for volunteers. 

Tucson Meet Yourself is a three day event (October 7-9, 2022) where people come together in unity and appreciation in the meaning of culture, and people see the worthiness in one another. In pre-pandemic days, approximately 150,000 people attended the festival during the three days and over 65 ethnic food vendors raised funds for their own nonprofit or community group. Over 40 exhibitors shared information about their art and/or community organization and 104 individual folk artists displayed and held workshops teaching their traditional art. Over 180 musicians, singers, dancers told their traditional folk story through musical artistry, dance and ritual movements.  

TMY is in need of volunteers for 4.5 hour shifts, The full registration and shift list can be found below. These are self select shifts where volunteers can decide the time, and area they are most interested in supporting. Once a volunteer checks in at the Volunteer Center, they will receive a shirt to wear during their shift. After a volunteer completes a 4-hour shift and checks out at the Volunteer Center, they receive a food voucher to try at ANY of the eateries offered at TMY. 

Click this link to volunteer: