Despite being cut short by thunderstorms, the Naperville Municipal Band honored local first responders via an American Flag serving as the back drop Thursday night at Central Park.
“A Tribute to First Responders” was introduced with a poem set to music, “Lest We Forget.”
Other musical selections included the Jolly Robbers Overture, a medley from Rocky, Law & Order March, The Third Alarm (complete with siren sounds) and the Fire Chief March.
With public safety at the top of his mind, Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis informed concert-goers an incoming thunderstorm was nearby, headed toward Naperville. As many tunes of gratitude played in the background, patrons respectfully left Central Park a little early.
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Summer concerts continue through August 18
Under the dedicated leadership of Conductor Ron Keller for 51 years, the 100-piece Naperville Municipal Band plays every Thursday night beginning at 7:30PM through August 18. Concerts are open to the public and free of charge.
Refreshments are available at the gazebo to help promote and raise funds for a different local nonprofit agency every week.
For more info on future summer concerts and indoor concerts, visit www.napervilleband.org. The award-winning band has been entertaining for Naperville since 1859.
2016 Concert Schedule
June 9 – “Curtain Up”
As is tradition, Naperville Municipal Band scholarship winners were announced at the first concert of the season.
Students honored with 2016 NMB Scholarships, $250 per school, were: Sam DiMatteo, tuba, St. Raphael School; Eirk Ohst, flute, Hill Middle School; Ryan Nago, tuba, Granger Middle School; Isabella Isherwood, percussion, Jefferson Junior High; Andrew Whitlock, trombone, and Abida Asker, flute, Lincoln Junior High; Caitlyn Komar, trombone, Washington Junior High; Brooke Knapp, flute, Ss. Peter and Paul School; Nathan Lin, trombone, Scullen Middle School; Megan Halldow, alto sax, Madison Junior High; Lisa Liu, clarinet, Still Middle School; Brian Nicolellis, trombone, Gregory Middle School; Troy Smith, clarinet, Crone Middle School; Samantha Mitchell, flute, Kennedy Junior High; and Devin Pyla, percussion, Fischer Middle School.
Broadcast live on NCTV17
Bake Sale: Naperville Art League
Sponsor: Naper Settlement
June 16 – “A European Vacation”
Bake Sale: New Horizons Band Assoc. of DuPage
Sponsor: Ellman’s Music Center – With instrument petting zoo before concert
June 23 – “Game Day!” (wear your favorite team apparel & come to stump the band!)
Bake Sale: Naperville Men’s Glee Club
Sponsor: Kick’s Chicken Cafe
June 30 – “America the Beautiful” (1812 Overture)
Watch live on NCTV17
Bake Sale: Wesley United Methodist Church
Sponsor: Two Boston’s Pet Boutique
July 7 – “NMB Big Band”
Bake Sale: Naperville North Women’s LaCrosse Club
July 14 – “Robert Morris Night – 50 years”
Bake Sale: Holly’s Safe House for Strays
Sponsor: Catch 35 Restaurant (Ask about special box dinners for Central Park available before every concert.)
July 21 – “First Responders”
Watch live on NCTV17
Bake Sale: Cathy Darin Crusaders – Knights of Columbus-St. Raphael
Sponsor: Nando’s Peri-Peri
Still to Play!
July 28 – “Something Old, Something New”
Bake Sale: Community Career Center
August 4 – “Music Under the Stars” – Service Awards presented
Watch live on NCTV17 when the Naperville Municipal Band will celebrate Ann Lord’s more than 60 years as concert moderator and Bill Albrecht’s 60 years as a playing member.
Bake Sale: League of Women Voters of Naperville
August 11 – “Great Band Music”
Bake Sale: DuPage County 4-H Foundation
Sponsor: Naperville Bank and Trust
August 18 – Joint Big Band Concert
Bake Sale: Artful Impact!
Sponsor: NMB (Rain Date)
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