The Peoria Municipal Band, under the direction of Dr. David Vroman, will begin their first full week of concerts for the 81st season in the Peoria Warehouse District Wednesday, June 6, and Sunday, June 10, at 7 p.m. in the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater in Peoria.
The Peoria Municipal Band, under the direction of Dr. David Vroman, will begin their first full week of concerts for the 81st season in the Peoria Warehouse District Wednesday, June 6, and Sunday, June 10, at 7 p.m. in the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater in Peoria. The 2018 Peoria Municipal Band Summer Season consists of 23 concert performances by a band of 50 musicians. All concerts are free of charge and parking is adjacent to the performing venues.
Wednesday night, June 6, the band will begin the season with “The Irish are Coming!” concert in the Warehouse District near Kelleher’s. This concert is at the corner of State and Water streets and parking is plentiful. Bring lawn chairs or sit at the tables provided by Kelleher’s. Jennifer Rosa will be featured vocal soloist and the band’s French horn section will be the featured instrumentalists. The band will open this concert with a great Irish show piece “Innisfree” by Carl Strommen. “The Four Horsemen” will be the feature for the French horns. Other musical selections for the concert will include “Summer Resounding,” “Riders of the Flag,” “Bugles and Drums” as well as several marches, pop tunes and Broadway melodies. There should be music for everyone to get their toes tapping and to start the season off right.
The Sunday, June 10, the concert will take the audience to the “Sounds of the Stars,” Music for the evening will include “Star Trek Through the Generations,” “Star Dust” and “Star Wars Episode 1” as well several marches and other “starry” selections. In addition, the vocal soloist and the French horn section will be featured during this concert.
The Peoria Municipal Band was formed in 1937 through the efforts of Local 26 of the American Federation of Musicians and interested citizens. Prior to 1937 the band was a professional municipal band complete with management and "Soloists of National Reputation.” Current band members come from all walks of life; many are currently music teachers in the local schools. They are selected by audition and then commit to a full season of rehearsals and performance. Today, with the support of the city, the band continues the long-standing tradition of excellence in music.
For more information, contact Director David Vroman at 309-677-2605, Manager George Graves, Jr. at 309-691-3318 or Publicity Coordinator, Liz Driscoll at 309-697-2275.