The celebration of the band’s 90th season and Bruce Moss’ 40th year as our music director and conductor concludes with an evening of exciting music performed by world-class musicians. Among our special guests will be former students of Dr. Moss including Captain Ryan Nowlin, assistant conductor of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and Dr. Ben Pierce, euphonium soloist from the University of Arkansas. Iconic jazz saxophone virtuoso Lou “Blue Lou” Marini of the Blues Brothers Band and the original Saturday Night Live Band will also join in the celebration! Enjoy a memorable night of great music, comfortable seats and outstanding acoustics as we move indoors for our annual appearance in Edman Chapel at Wheaton College.
This event is not a function of Wheaton College.
How do you weave the alphabet into a varied musical program? We’ll for sure start with “A” for Apollo 11, Armstrong and Aldrin as we honor the 50th anniversary of the space flight that landed the first people on the moon!
ALL OUTDOOR CONCERTS START AT 7:30PM IN MEMORIAL PARK AS USUAL.
The Wheaton Municipal Band turns 90 right along with Mickey Mouse! Tonight’s concert celebrates Mickey with a variety of perennial Disney favorites. A concert for family members of all ages, with music specifically for children, as well as music for the “kid” in all of us. Visit the Instrumental Petting Zoo at 6:30 sharp!
The Wheaton Municipal Band is comprised of vibrant and dedicated musicians who share a breadth of musical knowledge and excitement when performing for our exuberant audience. Tonight’s concert will feature a variety of favorites drawn from our own performer’s top picks!
If the music title includes a color or a number, it’s fare game to make the program list for tonight! Wheaton Middle School Band members join the WMB in a special side-by-side appearance.
Under the leadership of Dr. Bruce Moss, the Wheaton Municipal Band has grown to unprecedented levels of prestige, quality and international reputation. Tonight, in our final concert on our current stage, we celebrate the band’s 90th anniversary and Moss’ 40th season as our music director and conductor. For this historic concert of firsts and lasts, selections will include music performed on the same stage at the band shell’s dedication in 1958, and during Moss’ first season in 1980. Dr. Moss has selected memorable titles that will be the final tunes performed in our venerable home as we prepare to usher in a new era with a new band shell in 2020. Joining us for the first of two celebratory concerts will be several former students of Dr. Moss who also played in the Wheaton Municipal Band.
Enjoy big band favorites led by Elmhurst College Professor Doug Beach.
The music of composer Robert Sheldon, director of Concert Band Publications for Alfred Music, embodies a level of expression and excitement that resonate with ensembles and audiences alike. Over two million copies of his compositions have been sold to band educators throughout the world. For tonight’s concert, Dr. Sheldon has selected a wonderful variety of his own compositions as well as staples in the band repertoire.
Music is a powerful force in times of celebration and ceremony, as well as in times of sadness and grief. The Wheaton Band welcomes Alex Kaminsky, Director of Bands at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida to share the healing power of music in times of unimaginable tragedy.
An exciting opener to the season that includes music from theatre, opera and movies!
Dr. John Locke, Director of Bands Emeritus at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, joins us as an expert impersonator of the “March King” John Philip Sousa. He has designed a “Sousa-Style” program, including all of the traditional patriotic favorites!.
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