Kishwaukee Concert Band slated to perform March 18

The Kishwaukee Concert Band will present the third concert of its 16th season at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University.

This concert is sponsored by Ken and Juanita Mundy of Sycamore to honor that past and present members of the Kishwaukee Concert Band. Dave Lehman and Deb Shofner are the directors, and Jeff Hecht is the announcer.

The program will open with “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, arranged for band by Johnnie Vinson. Selections included in this arrangement are “The Phantom of the Opera,” “All I Ask of You,” “Think of Me,” “Angel of Music” and “The Music of the Night.”

A cornet trio of Scott Grant, Bill French and Paul Gehrett will be featured in Leroy Anderson’s “Bugler’s Holiday.” Written as a B flat Cornet Trio with band accompaniment, this is one of the most famous trumpet trios, and a perennial favorite.

“Travelin’ Music” is by Robert Sheldon, and is based on “The Arkansas Traveler,” a well-known folk song. Originally a fiddle tune, this arrangement uses a number of techniques to explore and develop the song in many unexpected ways.

“Esprit de Corps” by Robert Jager inspires enthusiasm, devotion and a strong regard for the honor of the group. It has a very strong connection to the US Marine Corps.

Henry Mancini’s music will be performed in an arrangement by Johnny Vinson.

Also on the program are “Vilabella,” a concert march by Kenneth Williams and arranged for band by Alfred Reed, and James F. Hanley’s “Back Home Again in Indiana,” arranged by John Tatgenhorst.

“Symphonic Suite” by Clifton Williams will close out the program.

Kishwaukee Concert Band is made up of volunteers older than 18 who have played a wind or percussion instrument in the past. It is supported by the DeKalb County Community Foundation and the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

The concert is free and handicapped accessible. For information on becoming a member, sponsoring a concert, or general information, visit

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