Kish Band kicks off fall concert season

DeKALB — The Kishwaukee Concert Band will open its 12th season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Boutell Memorial Hall inside the Northern Illinois University Music Building.

“Fall Changes” will be directed by Dave Lehman and Gene Vanden Bosch, with a special appearance by retired director John Hansen. Supporting the band are the DeKalb County Community Foundation and the Mary E. Stevens Concert & Lecture Fund.

Beth Wilkins will be the alto sax soloist for “Harlem Nocturne.” Wilkins is originally from the St. Louis area. She holds a bachelor of music education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. She was a band director in Illinois and Indiana before pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction. Wilkins is a full professor at NIU in the Department of Leadership, Education Psychology, and Foundations, where she teaches courses in curriculum, instruction, and teacher leadership.

The family of Maxine Stoddard of Malta is sponsoring this concert in her memory. Stoddard loved music and was proud of being the first president of the Malta Music Boosters. The band will play “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” in her memory.

The concert is free and the building handicapped accessible. For more information, call 815-899-4867 or visit

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