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Naperville Municipal Band welcomes Fox Valley Brass Band to share its stage on Sunday


Above / Festive brass music from popular compositions will be performed when the Fox Valley Brass Band joins the Naperville Municipal Band during its Annual Spring Concert at 3PM Sun., April 14, on stage at Wentz Concert Hall.

UPDATE, April 14, 2019 / Photo Gallery with a sampling of soloists from Annual NMB Spring Concert.

Original Post, April 11, 2019 / The Naperville Municipal Band is set to host its Annual Spring Concert with special guest performers beginning at 3PM Sun., April 14, on stage at Wentz Concert Hall. Admission is free of charge.

According to Naperville Municipal Band Director Ron Keller, the 90-minute concert will open with the Fox Valley Brass Band, under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Bough. The 33-member brass band consists of professional-level volunteer musicians from throughout the Fox Valley community that perform compositions of the traditional British Brass Band genre as well as new works of contemporary composers.

On the program for the Fox Valley Brass Band are arrangements of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture;” Philip Sparke’s “Pantomime,” performed by lead euphonium player, Mike Taylor; and “Fortress of Peace,” a composition that combines three of Bough’s favorite hymns’ tunes.

After the Fox Valley Brass Band finishes its set, the Naperville Municipal Band will perform.

Among the Naperville Municipal Band’s spirited selections will be “Bond of Friendship March” and Guiseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco Overture,” Keller said, noting that his longtime friend and fellow tuba player Lee Stofer, a former member of the U.S. Army Band, will play a solo.

“Lee requested the march ‘Them Basses’ as an encore, and since Tom and I are both tuba players, I had the idea all the tubas could play,” Keller said. “When the Fox Valley tubas join us there will be 12 tubas on stage. I’m calling it ‘Heavy Metal Classical B’.”

The grand finale will feature both bands performing a version of “Amazing Grace,” arranged by William Himes.

Ann Lord returns as emcee of the concert, providing lively and informative commentary, as the band marks another concert to celebrate its 160th anniversary year.

Bond of Friendship shines light on Alive Center

Just as members of the Naperville Municipal Band are dedicated to supporting and creating educational opportunities for youth, so are members of the Fox Valley Brass Band.

To that end, Sunday’s concert will shine the spotlight on the efforts of the Alive Center, a one-of-a-kind teen center that aims to impact thousands of youth through a peer mentoring model. Alive provides teens and tweens a unique place to connect, discover and come alive! In its spacious location on Fifth Avenue, behind Naperville North High School.

“The Alive Center is our featured local nonprofit,” emailed Kelsey Fletcher-Broucek on behalf of the band. “In addition to any monetary donations, Alive is always looking for snacks for the teens that come to the Alive Center.”

Representatives from the Alive Center will be in the lobby to talk with concert-goers about their efforts and recent growth to other communities. For more information about all the programs, current needs and special events at the teen-led, teen-driven center, visit www.alivenaperville.com/about.

Since 1859, the Naperville Municipal Band has played on and on

The Naperville Municipal Band also will march in the Memorial Day Parade beginning at 10:30AM on May 27, followed at 12:15PM with a performance on stage at the Naperville Community Concert Center in Central Park in downtown Naperville.

The 11-week Thursday evening outdoor summer concert series begins at 7:30PM June 6, in Central Park. The first concert is titled “The Greatest Generation,” sponsored by Naper Settlement.

Musicians in the Naperville Municipal Band consider their fans and concert sponsors to be among the most compassionate and generous people, always eager to support nonprofit organizations featured at indoor concerts as well as the bake sale hosts at the gazebo in Central Park.

Wentz Concert Hall is located in the North Central College Fine and Performing Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Avenue in downtown Naperville.

Think dinner after the show. Thanks for supporting all the arts.

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