Vaupel to perform with DeKalb Municipal Band

Denny Vaupel
Denny Vaupel

The DeKalb Municipal Band invites the community to another great evening of music at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. The band is under the direction of Kirk Lundbeck.

The featured vocalist for the evening is Denny Vaupel. He is a familiar face around the community, as well as at the band concerts with his dog Taylor. Vaupel will perform “Pennies From Heaven,” “Teach Me Tonight” and “Up the Lazy River.”

Vaupel plays piano and bass and sings in multiple bands or 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 and is retired as band director for St. Mary School in DeKalb.

The featured instrumental soloist is DeKalb native Brett Balika.

Balika is a music educator and freelance trombone player. After receiving a music education degree from DePaul University in Chicago, he taught for two years in Illinois before moving to Cleveland. He is the Garfield Heights Middle School Band director and resides in Cleveland Heights. He has performed with jazz icons John Fedchock, Jiggs Whigham, Jimmy Heath, Jeff Hamilton and Phil Woods. He also has performed with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony and DeKalb Municipal Band.

Other music on the program includes “Seventy Six Trombones,” “An Outdoor Adventure,” “Rolling Thunder,” “La La Land,” “Thunder and Blazes,” “Blue Danube Waltz,” “Silverado,” “Thunder and Lightning Polka,” “Into the Woods,” “Shepherd’s Hey” and “The Thunderer.”

Admission to the concert is free; donations to “Help the Band Play On” will be accepted. Bench seating is available or bring a lawn chair or blanket.

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