The Wheaton Municipal Band Salutes Young Musicians
Jun 8, 2016 9:11 AM - The Wheaton Municipal Band invites Wheaton Middle School and High School students to the stage for an exciting concert on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Park in downtown Wheaton for the second concert of the 2016 season. The salute to Wheaton's youth brings families and students together along with the professional musicians of the Wheaton Municipal Band. The band's music director, Dr. Bruce Moss, masterfully conducts all these musicians under the band shell for a rousing concert. Part of the WMB's mission is to encourage and reach out to young musicians. Many of the student musicians say it is a special experience that encourages them to keep practicing and continue in music. Six years ago, Patrick Potts, received a Wheaton Municipal Band scholarship from the Friends of the WM Band. This year he auditioned and joined the band's percussion section as a regular member of the band. Edison Middle School Student Ben Gorski will sit in the clarinet section on Thursday night while his great-grandmother, Marcie Matze (93 years old) sits in the front row of the audience. Matze has been a long time fan of the band and arrives early for each concert to reserve her spot in the front row. The Wheaton Middle School students join the band for two numbers during the concert. Hubble Middle School Band director, Blake Jancius conducts Ryan Nowlin's composition, Shipwrecked and Edison Middle School director, Jill Carr conducts a march.