Vocalist, sax soloist featured at municipal band concert

DeKALB – The DeKalb Municipal Band, under the direction of Kirk Lundbeck, will present yet another great evening of music at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. With such audience favorites as “Light Cavalry Overture,” “The Billboard March,” “Pie in the Face Polka” and “Fiddle Faddle,” it is sure to be a toe-tapping evening.

Featured vocalist Denny Vaupel is a familiar face around the community, as well as at the concerts with his dog Taylor. He will perform “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Blue Moon” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right”.  

Vaupel is well known in the DeKalb area music scene. He plays piano or bass and sings in multiple bands and combos including The Black Tie Jazz Trio, Jazz in Progress, Shananigans, Class Act Big Band and the Kishwaukee Concert Band. He has been a part of more than 60 musicals with Stage Coach Theatre. He recently retired as band director at St. Mary School in DeKalb. 

Also on the program is principal alto saxophonist Roger Ackert, who will perform a saxophone solo, “The Entroic Zone”.

Ackert has a bachelor’s degree in music from the Oberlin Conservatory, a master’s degree in performance and composition from Northern Illinois University and a music degree from the U.S. Navy School of Music. He is skilled in the woodwinds family, with emphasis on the clarinet, saxophone and oboe.

His first performance on saxophone was at the age of 12 on the Totem Club on WTTW in Chicago. He joined the Musicians Union at the age of 16 and played park district concerts and the opening ceremonies of the first two McCormick Places with the Armand Hand Band. He also was principal clarinet in the Nordic Philharmonic at North Park College. Ackert has performed with the DeKalb Municipal Band since 1963.

Admission to the concert is free. Bench seating is available, or bring a lawn chair or blanket.

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