The Peoria Municipal Band, under the direction of David Vroman, will perform on a special schedule this week presenting three concerts. July 19 the band will perform in the Peoria Warehouse District, July 21 at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie and July 23 at Glen Oak Park Amphitheater. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free.
The band will be on a “Sentimental Journey” Wednesday with Linden Christ as featured vocal soloist and Molly Wilson featured instrumentalist. Music for the concert will include “Overture for Winds,” “Themes like Old Times,” and “Sound of the Beach Boys.” Bring lawn chairs or sit at the tables provided by Kelleher’s. The concert is at the corner of State and Water streets.
The Friday concert will be presented in the center court at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. This concert will again feature Christ and Wilson. Music will include “Star Spangled Spectacular,” “Aladdin” and “Disney at the Movies” as well as marches, jazz and pop tunes. Bring lawn chairs.
The band will feature a little music history of the “Salvation Army” at the Sunday, July 23, show. The guest emcee for the concert will be Chris Kennedy. This concert will feature music including “Cause for Celebration,” “La Rejouissance,” "Declaration Overture” and “Salvation Army March.” Bring lawn chairs.
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 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: director David Vroman at (309) 677-2605, manager George Graves, Jr. at (309) 691-3318 or publicity coordinator, Liz Driscoll at (309) 697-2275.