DeKALB – The DeKalb Municipal Band’s 159th season of free summer concerts begins Tuesday, June 11.
“The first concert on June 11 is definitely a very traditional concert as far as the type of music we’re going to do,” said band director Kirk Lundbeck.
The first concert of the season traditionally includes a Flag Day fireworks display, and this year is no different.
“We’re going to start the season with a bang,” Lundbeck said.
The concert will open with recognition of the 2013 recipient of the Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship. The featured soloist will be soprano Jill McCormick. McCormick teaches at Founders Elementary School in DeKalb and is co-music coordinator for District 428.
Lundbeck has planned a varied program to include George Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band”, Henry Mancini’s movie themes, “The Music Man,” Leroy Anderson’s “The Syncopated Clock,” and “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite” circus march.
The performance will conclude with a medley of patriotic music, a performance by Marlyn’s Majorettes, and a finale of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” accompanied by fireworks.
Lundbeck plans to introduce occasional contemporary touches to the band’s performances later in the season.
“We’re in the process of re-marketing our 159-year-old band but keeping the integrity of the band,” he said. “We have purchased a lot of new music for the band that’s more current and that people will recognize more readily, but will not affect the traditional feel of the concerts.”
The weekly concerts are presented by the City of DeKalb and the DeKalb Park District. Concerts are held every Tuesday through Aug. 20 with the exception of July 2, so the band can prepare for its July 4 pops concert.
The band will also perform at the annual art fair and ice cream social at the Ellwood House at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4.
DeKalb Municipal Band
8 p.m. June 11
Hopkins Park Band Shell, 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb
Bench seating is available, or listeners may bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass.