Everyone in Wheaton knows that the Wheaton Municipal Band can play great music. On Thursday nights throughout the summer, crowds set up their lawn chairs and take in one outstanding concert after another. No matter what the weather, hot or cold, the loyal followers fill Memorial Park. The Wheaton Municipal Band is a summer band, usually, but last December the band came together to perform for the 66th Annual Midwest Clinic at McCormick Place in Chicago. "This is a huge honor," says maestro Dr. Bruce Moss. "We are one of only two summer bands to have been invited to perform at this prestigious event." If you missed that performance, now is your chance to hear some of the great music performed for the international audience.
On Thursday, June 20, the Wheaton Municipal Band recreates some of the standing ovation performance at the 2012 Midwest Band Clinic at 8 p.m. in Memorial Park in downtown Wheaton.
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On the program is "The Maker's Mark" by Ryan Nowlin. The Friends of the Wheaton Municipal Band commissioned Nowlin (a former Bruce Moss graduate student) to write a work honoring Dr. Bruce Moss in his 30th anniversary with the Wheaton Municipal Band. This is an outstanding work. Nowlin is now the Arranger/composer for the "President's Own" Marine Band. Also on the program is "Carnival" from La Fiesta Mexicana by Reed, a newer work, Zenyetta "Gallop" by Speck and the Music of Westside Story by Bernstein. Of course there will be marches, including The Revelation March by Bourgeois, The Purple Pageant March by Kingfed/Paynter.
The soloist for the evening is Garth Anderson performing Slavic Fantasy by Carl Hohne on cornet. Anderson lives in Sycamore where he is a music educator with the Sycamore School District #427.He attended DePauw University where he received his Bachelor of Music Education and Northern IL University where he received his Master of Music degree. He is also Wheaton Municipal band's personnel director and juggles over 90 musicians weekly.
Don't miss this great concert: Thursday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. in Memorial Park in downtown Wheaton. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic, relax and enjoy.