DeKalb band’s 160th season marches on

Robert Abel
Robert Abel

The DeKalb Municipal Band will present the second concert of its gala 160th season of summer band concerts at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Hopkins Park Dee Palmer Band Shell at 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb.

Bob Abel, baritone, will be the featured vocalist. Abel has a bachelor of science degree in music education and a master of music degree in choral conducting and arranging from Northern Illinois University. He has taught public school music, primarily in Sycamore schools, as well as many private vocal and instrumental students.

Abel is an active member of DeKalb Wesleyan Church, where he serves as director of worship, and has directed more than 54 musicals, including  “Les Miserables,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and  “Come, Messiah, Come.” His most recent production, a “Les Mis” concert performance, featured the Sycamore Middle School chorus, along with soloists from the 2009 “Les Mis” production at SHS. He also recently produced “Annie Jr.” at Sycamore Middle School.

After teaching for 31 years, Abel retired from the school system this year, but not from music. He will open the band concert with George Gershwin‘s “Embraceable You,” followed by “On the Street Where You Live” from “My Fair Lady,” and close with Judy Garland’s signature song, “Over the Rainbow.”

The band also will play a modern concert march, “Vaquero,” which begins with the sound of galloping horses, while “Amparita Roca,” a Spanish march, will take listeners to the bullfighting arena. Other more traditional marches include Sousa’s “Washington Post.”

Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Finale from the Fourth” is the final movement of his fourth symphony. The opening brass chords present a triumphant announcement of the excitement that is to follow. On the lighter side, the band will play selections from “The Music Man,” “Clarinet Candy,” and an arrangement of some of Henry Mancini’s best movie music in “Mancini at the Oscars.”

Admission is free. Bench seating is available, or bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. DeKalb Municipal Band concerts are sponsored by the City of DeKalb and the DeKalb Park District.

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