Staff Bios for 2019
Yet to be completed
Curtiss B. Allen Sr. (dec.)
Founder and Director of the Band
1939 to 2016
Curtiss was born and raised in San Bernardino, California and has deep family ties to the San Bernardino and adjacent Colton areas. His grandfather founded Allen and Son Iron Works in the late 19th century which provided valuable and essential services to the Inland Empire area well into the 20th century. He attended San Bernardino Valley College and Stanford University, and graduated from Cal Western University with a BA degree in Industrial Management. Curtiss is a retired Social Worker and worked for many years in Adult Protective Services with the San Bernardino County office of Social Services.
Curtiss has a long association with music in the local area, both as an instrumentalist (French Horn and piano) and as a vocalist, having performed in high school and college wind ensembles and choirs, and with local college wind ensembles, community choirs and community musical theater. His conducting experience began in the late 1970's when he took the position of choir director at Bethany Reformed Church in Redlands and later, director of its chamber orchestra.
In 1981, with the help of a number of Instrumentalist friends, he founded The Redlands Fourth of July Band to provide patriotic music for the annual 4th of July celebrations and festivities in Redlands. This band has continued to perform each year ever since on the 4th of July and for numerous other local festivities and observances. Curtiss is a recognized leader in the musical life of Redlands and the local area. He was named Redlands 'Man of the Year' in and led the 'Community Sing' for the Redlands Community Music Association, Summer Music Festival at the Redlands Bowl from 1980 to 2015.
Curtiss Allen, Jr.
Current Conductor and Music Director
Composer and Arranger
Yet to Volunteer
Michael and Ann Shea
Michael has led the Percussion Sec. since the Band's beginning in 1981.
Michael and Ann first met in 1983 while performing in the San Bernardino Valley College community band. They were married in March of 1984 and will celebrate their 33rd Anniversary in March of 2017. They have two children -- Rebecca, age 30 and Andrew, age 25.
Ann was born and raised in Redlands, California and holds an A.A. degree in music from Crafton Hills College. She was a Redlands Community Music Association Young Artist Winner in 1973. Ann retired from the Band in 2017 and then rejoined in 2018.
Michael was born in Moline, Illinois and raised in the surrounding Quad-Cities area of Illinois. He is a retired Geologist, and was in the U.S. Air Force as a percussionist/musician from 1960 - 1964. He holds an A.A. degree ('60) in Music from San Bernardino Valley College. It is while attending Valley College and playing in its Concert Band that he first met Curtiss Allen and they became fast friends. Michael also holds a B.A. degree ('68) in Geology and History from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, and an M.S. degree ('71) in Geology from the University of Idaho. He has two children from his first marriage, Stephen and Jennifer, and two children from his marriage to Ann, Rebecca and Andrew, five grandchildren and one great- grandchild.