The Wheaton Municipal Band Patriotic Concert
Jun 26, 2017 4:57 PM -
The Wheaton Municipal Band kicks off the July 4th Celebrations with its most popular Band Concert of the summer-The Patriotic Concert on Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Park in downtown Wheaton. But come early, because the pre-concert program begins at 5:45 pm with the Dixie Cups performing Dixieland jazz. Followed at 6:30 p.m. by the 85th Army Band Saxophone Quartet. The band welcomes to the podium, Lt. Commander Lorelei Allison Conrad. (Retired) Conrad became the U.S. Navy's first woman selected to receive a commission as bandmaster in 1991. This is Conrad's second appearance conducting the Wheaton Municipal Band. The audience and the musicians love her sense of humor and wonderful musicianship, and were eager to have her return. Conrad says, "Playing in the band is good for the mind, it's good for the body and good for the spirit. What we can do as a group far supersedes anything we can do as individuals." Conrad grew up in up in Elburn, IL, 40 miles west of Chicago. Conrad and the Navy Band performed for presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and both George Bush and his son, George W. Bush In 1997, Conrad reported to Commander Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, as Fleet Bandmaster where she toured extensively throughout Japan and the Western Pacific region.