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The Wheaton Municipal Band's Red, White and Blue Patriotic Concert

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Gail Sonkin

Don't miss the most popular Wheaton Municipal Band Concert of the season, the Patriotic Concert on Tuesday, July 2 at 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Park in downtown Wheaton. Note the date change. Usually the band performs on Thursdays in the park, but this special concert is slated for Tuesday because of the July 4th conflict. Come early and reserve your seat. Memorial Park fills quickly for this ever-favorite concert.

The maestro for the evening, Lieutenant Commander Lorelei Conrad retired director of the US Navy Band, knows patriotic music. Originally from Kaneland, IL, Conrad, a trumpeter, became the Navy's first woman selected to receive a commission as Bandmaster and Director of the Navy Band San Francisco. She became Associate Conductor of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC, interim Music Program Liaison Officer for Chief of Information at the Pentagon, traveled around the world and conducted three performances with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Lorelei's final assignment with the U.S. Navy was as Director of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Band, the Navy's largest Fleet Band. Conrad graciously agreed to conduct the Wheaton Municipal Band's patriotic concert.

Conrad selected a fine program for the evening. The concert is filled with Sousa and Leroy Anderson. Plus, there's something for everyone. Strike up the Band by Brubaker, Resplendent Glory by Galante, 76 Trombones by Wilson, Morton Gould's American Salute, Star Spangled Spectacular by Cohan, Excepts from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and of course the favorites: The Armed Forces Salute and Stars and Stripes Forever.

Don't miss this great evening that only the Wheaton Municpal Band can offer in Memorial Park. Tuesday, July 2 at 8:00 p.m. Come early, bring a picnic, and settle in for a slice of America. Start your 4th of July Celebration early at the Wheaton Municipal Band Free concert on Tuesday, July 2 at 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Park in Downtown Wheaton.