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Nonprofits provide treats, showcase missions during band concerts in Central Park


Every Thursday when the 100-piece Naperville Municipal Band plays at 7:30PM during its outdoor concert season in Central Park, a different nonprofit organization hosts a bake sale of treats and beverages at the gazebo.

With banners, posters and printed hand-outs, organizations also can promote their missions as members mingle with concert-goers. The bake sale on July 28, complete with popcorn and a variety of sweet treats, was hosted by Community Career Center. Members of its board of directors joined staff members to promote their services for job seekers and to tell about their upcoming fundraiser, “Dancing with the Celebrities,” at Meson Sabika on September 21.

Note that nonprofit groups can apply to be part of the lottery drawing early in 2017 when groups are selected to host the bake sales for the summer concert season. Stay tuned.

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2016 Concert Schedule / Oh! What a season in Central Park!

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

Sponsor: TBA

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: Peri Peri

July 28 – “Something Old, Something New”

Bake Sale: Community Career Center

Sponsor: Main Street Promenade

August 4 – “Music Under the Stars” – Service Awards given – Stay tuned!

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 70 years as a playing member.

Bake Sale: League of Women Voters of Naperville

Sponsor: Peri Peri

August 11 – “Great Band Music”

Bake Sale: DuPage County 4-H Foundation

Sponsor: Naperville Bank and Trust

Still to Play! Final Central Park Concert for August 2016!

August 18 – Joint Big Band Concert

Bake Sale: Artful Impact!

Sponsor: NMB (Rain Date)

Thanks for sharing this post with friends and family. Strike up the band in Central Park!

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