Peoria Municial Band starts 73rd season June 6

Robert Blackford/Editor

The Peoria Municipal Band, under the direction of Dr. David Vroman, will begin their 73rd season of summer concerts on Sunday, June 6th at 7:30 p.m. in the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater in Peoria, Illinois. The 2010 Peoria Municipal Band Summer Season consists of 24 concert performances.

In June, the band will perform at the Amphitheater each Wednesday and Sunday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. There will also be one special performance on Friday, June 25 at St. Philomena's Church. In July, the band will perform Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm on the Peoria Riverfront at the CEFCU stage and then on Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater.

The one exception in July is that there will be no performance on July 4th - instead the concert will take place, with fireworks, on Saturday, July 3rd.

Finally, in August the band will perform Wednesday and Sunday evenings (except no concert August 18th) at 7:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater until the concluding concert on August 22.

The Sunday, June 6th concert is opening night!  Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis will narrate the first half of the program and over 60 high school musicians will perform in "A Salute to Peoria High Schools" that will include "Best Broadway Marches", "Music from Pirates of the Caribbean", "Libetry Fanfare" and even music by Stevie Wonder.

Each week the band features an outstanding vocal soloist and instrumental soloist or section of the band. This week, Ms. Lee Wenger will be the featured vocalist. Lee Wenger is the afternoon classical music host on WCBU 89.9, the public radio station at Bradley University. A Peoria native and Bradley graduate, Lee has performed with many of the arts organizations in central Illinois over the past 45 years. He works with the Peoria Municipal Band, Opera Illinois, the Morton Civic Chorus, the Peoria Gridiron Dinner and the Gilbert & Sullivan Dinner Theatre at Woodruff High School. He is also likely to show up entertaining or serving as emcee for nonprofits, clubs, luncheons and dinners all over the area. His family includes wife Denise Adams, sons Matthew and Christopher, and daughter Kaitlin.

Marches are a tradition with the band and the first concert offers some

great melodies in "Best Broadway Marches" and Henry Fillmore's great "His Honor March".

The Peoria Municipal Band was formed in 1937 through the efforts of Local 26 of the American Federation of Musicians and interested citizens. Prior to 1937 the band was a professional municipal band complete with management and "Soloists of National Reputation". Current band members come from all walks of life; many are currently music teachers in the local schools. They are selected by audition and then commit to a full season of rehearsals and performance. Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed their music since

1937.  Today, with the support of the city, the band continues the

long-standing tradition of excellence in music.

For more information contact band manager George Graves, Jr. at 309-691-3318 or the band publicity coordinator, Liz Driscoll at 697-2275.