The Southampton Community Band was the brainchild of Colonel George Lynch who for years had always wanted to have a community band in Southampton. He enlisted the help of Dr. Gil Guglielmi, who was a music teacher in the Centennial School District for 41 years and conductor of the Warminster Symphony for 15 years. When Dr. Gil retired and had more time to devote to the project, they teamed up to develop a community band with George Lynch as general manager and Dr. Gil as Music Director/Principal Conductor. From its humble beginnings in the fall of 1998 with 12 musicians and borrowed music, the band certainly has come a long way. The Southampton band continues to grow and flourish in the community with a strong support structure and enthusiastic support from Southampton and the surrounding communities.
Dr Gil was a natural for leading a band. He started playing clarinet at age 9 and by age 15 he was a member of the professional musicians union and could play the sax, flute, oboe and bassoon. His career started as a professional musician with various big bands, traveling the country playing one night stands. He soon
tired of this peripatetic lifestyle and decided to go back to school. He received a bachelor's degree from Temple, a master's degree from Trenton State College and then a doctorate from Combs College of Music in Philadelphia. He joined the Centennial School District in 1956, teaching instrumental music in the elementary grades. In 1981 he became conductor of the Warminster Symphony Orchestra. "I did it because music is the love of my life--it's my passion." And that is what prompted him to make the idea of a community band a reality.
The center artwork in our logo was designed by Dr. Gil who commissioned Joan Kopchik, a local Southampton artist, to execute it. It shows a replica of John Fitch's steamboat with Dr. Gil at the helm and beautiful music eminating above.