Sections sing in Tuesday band concert

DeKALB – DeKalb Municipal Band’s principal flute player, Lynn Cook, will be the featured soloist at the band’s concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the Hopkins Park band shell. The concert will feature pieces that highlight specific sections of the band.

Cook has been principal flute with the DeKalb Municipal Band since 1997. She studied flute at Augustana College, holds a degree in flute performance from DePaul University, and studied with Peter Middleton of Northern Illinois University.

She also plays piccolo for the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and plays flutes and assorted tin whistles with the folk groups Dave Balika and Friends and Bend in the Road. Cook has played in the Illinois Valley Community College wind ensemble, in DeKalb-area churches and at solo venues throughout the Midwest. She has also played in Italy, Finland, Germany, Denmark and Tanzania. The sounds of her flute have been heard in more than 15 musical shows with Stage Coach Theater.

She maintains a studio of private flute students and is in demand as a judge/adjudicator of flute students.

Her solo, “The Swiss Shepherd” by Pietro Morlachi, is a bright and spirited theme followed by dazzling variations which show off the technical capabilities of the flute. 

The band’s tubas and euphoniums will step out front for Huffine’s “Them Basses.” These low brass instruments are usually heard playing downbeats and countermelodies, but Getty Herschel Huffine, a self-taught American composer, trombonist and tuba player, lets them shine through and gives them the melody throughout the entire piece.  

“Clarinet Boogie” features this entire group of woodwinds on a swinging dance rhythm. Wizards of the slide trombone will dazzle with their rendition of “The Trombone King.” Snare drummers echo each other’s rhythms in the technical showpiece “Haskell’s Rascals.” All of the trumpets play “Burst of Trumpets,” written by Harold L. Waltersone, and smooth saxophones will blend their warm tones in the Big Band sound of “In the Miller Mood.”

The Sousa march “The Gallant Seventh” is new to the band‘s library. It is in a regimental march style, and although not very well known, is one of the March King’s finest efforts.

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