The Wheaton Municipal Band Gets By with a Little Help From Our Friends
Aug 3, 2015 4:55 PM -
Wheaton Municipal Band pays tribute to their "Friends" On Thursday, August 6, at 8:00 p.m. in Memorial Park in downtown Wheaton. "The Friends of the Wheaton Municipal Band" is a volunteer group that works tirelessly to fundraise and work the concession stand each Thursday night during the summer. Although the City of Wheaton offers the majority of the band's financial support, the money the "Friends" raise goes to purchasing and commissioning new music, performing at esteemed events (The Midwest Band Clinic at McCormick Place) and special purchases. The August 6 concert, under the direction of Dr. Bruce Moss, is dedicated to all those people who donate their time and energy to benefit the Wheaton Municipal Band and its musicians. For one night only, the "Friends" get to sit and enjoy the concert, rather than manning the popcorn stand and selling programs. In addition, each "Friend" member offered suggestions for the music of the evening. These volunteers listen to the band every week, so they have a discriminating ear and are very opinioned about the musical selections the band plays. Larry & Judy Beckerdite selected the "Light Calvary Overture" by Von Suppe. This operatic overture premiered in Vienna in 1866. Although the operetta is rarely performed or recorded, the overture is one of Suppé's most popular compositions. Tina Cavalli, the wife of the Band's president Don Cavalli, selected music from "Phantom of the Opera." Both the Cavallis are fans of the Broadway musical. Liz Robertson selected "Polka & Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper." This clever and intricate composition shows off every section of the band. Art & Elizabeth Feder chose "The Tribute to Marvin Hamlish. " A prolific composer, Hamlish wrote such standards as "Chorus Line," "They're Playing our Song," and "The Theme from Ice Castles." Janet Nurse, founder of the Friends of the Wheaton Municipal Band and a former clarinetist in the band, selected "High School Cadets" by Sousa.