Wheaton Municipal Band opens summer concert season June 10

  • Wheaton Municipal Band will open its 92nd year with the summer concert series in the new band shell at Memorial Park in downtown Wheaton.

    Wheaton Municipal Band will open its 92nd year with the summer concert series in the new band shell at Memorial Park in downtown Wheaton. Daily Herald file photo

 
 
Posted6/3/2021 8:48 PM

The Wheaton Municipal Band is looking forward to sharing music with the community in person this summer. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, concerts will be different.

Audience members need to reserve free tickets and provide their own seating.

 

Masks are not required for fully vaccinated people. Masks are strongly recommended for those who are not.

The link to reserve tickets will be available one week prior to the concert on the band's website, wheatonmunicipalband.org, and social media pages.

In addition, the number of artists will be reduced.

The concerts will be 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the new Memorial Park venue, 225 Karlskoga Ave. in Wheaton.

"Forward!," a specially commissioned work by Chicago based composer Jim Stephenson, is a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Wheaton Park District and celebrates the opening of new Wheaton band shell.
"Forward!," a specially commissioned work by Chicago based composer Jim Stephenson, is a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Wheaton Park District and celebrates the opening of new Wheaton band shell. - Courtesy of Jim Stephenson

The first concert on June 10 will be a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Wheaton Park District, plus the world premiere of a specially commissioned work entitled "Forward!" This energetic opener by Jim Stephenson celebrates the new Memorial Park venue.

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On June 17, it will be "A Night at the Movies," a tribute to the 100th anniversary of Wheaton's cherished landmark, The Little Popcorn Store.

The concert series continues June 24 with the "Conductor's Night Out." Talented band teachers and conductors who are dedicated performers in the Wheaton Municipal Band step onto the podium for a program of audience favorites.

On July 1, the music will be "Patriotic, Through and Through." Start the July Fourth celebrations with the annual Patriotic Concert, featuring timeless toe tappers and national favorites.

Explore the music of "Stravinsky, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich and Sousa" at the July 8 concert. Enjoy classics by composers whose music has stood the test of time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

On July 15, step into a world of music written by many of America's leading women composers.

Dr. Terry Austin, Director of Bands at Virginia Commonwealth University, will make his debut conducting appearance with the Wheaton Municipal Band on July 22.

On July 29, the "With A Little Help from Our Friends!" concert honors the Friends of the Wheaton Municipal Band and all the loyal friends in the audience. Special guest soloist will be Douglas Yeo, Wheaton Municipal Band alumnus, former trombonist, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and professor of trombone at Wheaton College.

In 2016, the Wheaton Municipal Band honored announcer Pete Friedmann's 35 years with the band. On Aug. 5, the band will close its summer season with "Fanfare for Friedmann," marking his 40th anniversary.
In 2016, the Wheaton Municipal Band honored announcer Pete Friedmann's 35 years with the band. On Aug. 5, the band will close its summer season with "Fanfare for Friedmann," marking his 40th anniversary. - Daily Herald file photo

On Aug. 5, the season closer will be "Fanfare for Friedmann." Mark Pete Friedmann's 40th season as the announcer with an evening including many of the compositions commissioned by or for the Wheaton Municipal Band over the past 30 years.

Founded in 1930, the Wheaton Municipal Band is led by music director and conductor Bruce Moss. In 2019, the band performed the world premiere of Onsby C. Rose's "Fanfares, Flourishes, Chorale and Jubilee," commissioned to celebrate Moss' 40th anniversary as the band's conductor.

This summer, music director Bruce Moss will conduct his 42nd season with the Wheaton Municipal Band.
This summer, music director Bruce Moss will conduct his 42nd season with the Wheaton Municipal Band. - Daily Herald file photo

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