Williamson to perform with municipal band

Mike Williamson
Mike Williamson

Rockford’s Mike Williamson will be the featured vocalist at the next DeKalb Municipal Band concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. The band is directed by Kirk Lundbeck.

Williamson is the host of “Mike Williamson & Friends,” a radio program on 99.3 FM WTPB in Rockford. His band, The Mike Williamson Trio, performs regularly at The Butterfly Club in Beloit, Wisconsin, and on the last Friday of every month at The Stockholm Inn in Rockford.

In 2015, Williamson received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rockford Area Music Industry, along with Composer Of The Year with collaborator Bruce L. Warden. He was honored to be placed in the RAMI Hall Of Fame.

His “Magic Monday” benefit for the American Cancer Society ran for 16 years at the Rockford Metro Centre (now BMO) and Coronado Theater.

This will be Williamson’s fourth season performing with the DeKalb Municipal Band. He will sing “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “I Am a Singer” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”

Other musical selections on the program include “Vaquero,” “Russlan and Ludmilla,” “136th USA Field Artillery,” “Jersey Boys,” “El Comino Real,” “King Cotton,” “In a Miller Mood,” “Country Gardens,” “The Entertainer,” “Belle of the Ball” and “Fairest of the Fairs.”

In addition, from the band’s trumpet section, John Armstrong, Brian Balika and David Murray will perform “Bugler’s Holiday.”

Armstrong is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he studied under Ron Modell. He has played principal trumpet with the DeKalb Municipal Band for more than 40 years. He is a founding member of the Monarch Brass and plays with several Illinois municipal bands, the Steve Anthony Society Orchestra and Class Act II Big Band. Armstrong recently retired as conductor of the Illinois Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra after 28 years of service.

Murray is a local trumpet player and pedagogue. He is currently third trumpet of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and a regular member with the DeKalb Municipal Band. He received a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from NIU. In addition to his career as a musician and teacher, he also works as a brass repair technician.

Admission is free; donations will be accepted. Bench seating is available or bring a lawn chairs or blanket.

Concerts will continue at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 20.

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