Concert to end with stargazing party

DeKALB – The DeKalb Municipal Band will present a special “Music of the Galaxy and Star Gazing” concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the Hopkins Park band shell in DeKalb. Featured artists will be vocalist Mark Robinson, trumpeter Mark Baldin and the Naperville Astronomy Club.

Robinson, of DeKalb, was born in Puerto Rico. He has an eclectic musical background as a vocalist and instrumentalist. Vocal studies with Linda Jaskoviak were influential in developing his vocal tone and concepts. He studied at Millikin University, the Military School of Music and Northern Illinois University. He plays second French horn in the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and has been principal horn in the municipal band since 2006.

Upon entering boot camp of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1990, Robinson focused on  French horn. He played the horn and saxophone in the Marine band and sang with the jazz band. In the Marine Corps band, he played and sang for dignitaries, presidents and celebrities like Bob Hope, Ginger Rogers, President Gerald Ford and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf.

Vocals on Tuesday evening include Robinson’s own band arrangements of “Stars” from “Les Miserables” and “Stars Fell on Alabama.”

Baldin, of DeKalb, joined the Rockford Symphony Orchestra in 1980 and has held the position of principal trumpet since 1984. One of the orchestra’s most visible and popular players, he has frequently soloed with the orchestra and served as narrator and master of ceremonies for many of its special events.

He also plays principal trumpet with the Wheaton Symphony, the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra and the Rockford Wind Ensemble. He has performed with the Lyric Opera in Chicago and with the Grant Park Symphony.  

Baldin also performs in musical genres such as Dixieland, big band, brass ensembles and musical theater. In addition to his performing schedule, he maintains a teaching studio of 30 to 40 students.

The Naperville Astronomical Association is a nonprofit astronomy club with more than 200 members, most from the southwest Chicagoland area.

After the concert, members of the astronomy club will have telescopes set up for viewing. They will explain where the telescopes are pointing and what people will be able to see.

New music for the show includes “Star Trek” and “Fantasy Adventures at the Movies.” Some of the old favorites are  “The Chit Chat Polka,” “The Black Horse Troop,”  and the recently-discovered Sousa march “The Transit of Venus.”

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