Our gala season opener is full of favorite overtures, show tunes, marches and novelty selections that are sure to be enjoyed by everyone. Don’t miss it.
Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man opens tonight’s program of classics from composers George Gershwin, John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, and many more.
Enduring works by composers Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, Paul Hindemith, Norman Dello Joio, and Paul Creston will be featured on this concert of music that has promoted the growth and popularity of concert bands in America!
A concert featuring music of travel—and travelers! A rarely played Sousa march From Maine to Oregon, will open a program that will include film scores from Star Wars and Star Trek. Dr. John Mueller, U.S. Army Band (retired), Professor of Trombone at the University of Memphis, and WMB alum joins us as guest trombone soloist.
Karl King’s popular march Circus Days will open a concert designed entirely for fun. This concert will feature eighth graders from Wheaton Middle Schools along with an instrument petting zoo, jugglers, cotton candy and memorable music from bygone times in American life.
ALL THURSDAY NIGHT MEMORIAL PARK CONCERTS START AT 7:30PM
A rousing big band concert led by Elmhurst College Professor Doug Beach!
Music tonight will feature selections associated with academic ceremony, ranging from William Walton’s Crown Imperial March to Johannes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, and of course Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance. Audience members are encouraged to wear their favorite college regalia!
Dr. Timothy Rhea, Director of Bands at Texas A & M University, conducts a program of audience favorites, including his personal arrangements of popular overtures known well by our audience!
Dr. Rhea’s appearance is supported by the Conn-Selmer Corporation.
The name John Philip Sousa is synonymous with the American spirit, American music, and America itself. His infectious optimism and music indigenous to our country, comes to life in a special way in tonight’s performance.
Renowned tuba soloist Patrick Sheridan has performed more than 3,000 concerts in more than 50 countries around the world. Venues ranging from the White House, NBA half-time shows, the Hollywood Bowl, NBC’s Today Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered have reinforced Sheridan’s popularity as one of the most celebrated performers in the instrument’s history. Mr. Sheridan’s appearance is supported by the Jupiter Instrument Corporation
This event is not a function of Wheaton College.
The WMB is Broadway bound with many selections from popular musicals and an audience sing-along.
Encore MIDWEST Performance! For the second time, the Wheaton Municipal Band has been invited to perform at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. It is regarded as the largest instrumental music educator conference, typically attended by over 17,000 people from around the world. Through a vigorous screening process, only the finest ensembles receive the honor of performing—for us an amazing feat, especially considering that the WMB rehearses and performs for only three months of the year!
Lieutenant Commander Lorelei Conrad, US Navy Band (retired), returns for our annual concert of patriotic and audience favorites. Joining Commander Conrad will be Wheaton native Musician First Class Kristin Pageant, former member of the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C.
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