Above / The Naperville Municipal Band performs four indoor seasonal concerts annually, starting with its Veterans Day Concert every fall on stage at the Wentz Concert Hall. Sunday, March 19, the NMB plays at Neuqua Valley High School. (PN File Photo)

UPDATE / Link to Photo Gallery of Winter Concert at Neuqual Valley High School.

NMB Conductor Ron Keller

The Naperville Municipal Band’s winter concert, “American Composers,” will begin at 3PM Sun., March 19, in the Neuqua Valley High School Auditorium, 2360 95th Street.

Admission is free of charge.

The concert also will feature the Neuqua Valley High School honors freshman band, Concert Winds, under the leadership of Emily Binder.

Concert Winds will be playing Riders for the Flag by John Philip Sousa, Down a Country Lane by Aaron Copland and American Salute by Morton Gould and arranged by Naperville’s own, William Jastrow.

“We always look forward to performing with the youth bands because these young musicians are our future,” said director Ron Keller, as he begins his 53rd year conducting the Naperville Municipal band.

After Concert Winds opens the concert, the Naperville Municipal Band will play its tribute to many of America’s renown composers. Then the ensemble will join the 100-piece band for a rousing finale.

“This year’s winter concert is to honor American composers,” said Keller. “The Municipal Band will perform many patriotic favorites, including songs written by Sousa, Gershwin, George M. Cohen and Edwin Franko Goldman; along with a medley by Irving Berlin that ends with his most patriotic work, God Bless America.

Every Naperville Municipal Band concert is a trip down Memory Lane with engaging historical commentary about every song.

“We’ll have marches by composers like Edwin Franko Goldman and John Philip Sousa,” added Keller. “Goldman was one of the most important band composers in America and like Sousa, he’s best known for his marches. The audience will recognize ‘On the Mall’ when we play it.”

Keller added that the combined performance with Concert Winds will include The Symphonic Gershwin, a Warren Barker arrangement that contains three familiar works by popular songwriter George Gershwin. Music lovers are sure to remember An American in Paris,  Rhapsody in Blue and Cuban Overture.

“We are very excited for the show!” added Binder.

Spring Concert is April 30 / Summer Series runs June 8 thru August 17

Looking toward the Spring Concert on Sunday, April 30, Keller said internationally-acclaimed soprano Amanda Halgrimson-Walzer, a Naperville native and Naperville Central High School graduate, will take the stage to perform with the band. The concert will begin at 3PM in the Wentz Concert Hall at the North Central College Fine Arts Center.

The Naperville Municipal Band also will march in the Memorial Day Parade beginning at 10:30AM on Mon., May 29; followed at 12:15PM by a performance in the annual Memorial Day Observance with patriotic music in Central Park.

Then beginning June 8, the band returns to Central Park for its summer series of outdoor concerts performed at 7:30PM every Thursday through Aug. 17, at the Naperville Community Concert Center in downtown Naperville.

For more information and the complete schedule of upcoming band concerts, visit www.napervilleband.org.

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