Above / On Thurs., July 15, Assistant Conductor René Rosas returns to lead the Naperville Municipal Band Concert, featuring special sounds by buglers in Central Park. See program below.
Above, July 15, 2021 / While hosting the Bake Sale at the NMB Concert on July 15, dedicated NCHS Marching Band Moms clad in t-shirts were reminders that “Yes! They have their eyes on only their musicians for the entire performance.” From the audience, eyes focused toward the stage of the Community Concert Center to watch the piano soloist, the cornet soloist and the Trumpet Trio as well as emcee Ann Lord and conductor René Rosas in hats.
Above, July 15, 2021 / Even with cloud cover and threats of rain, Naperville Municipal Band concerts have been attracting appreciative audiences on park benches and collapsible chairs spread throughout Central Park every Thursday. The Naperville Municipal Band expresses its gratitude to all who attend.
Under the leadership of Conductor and Music Director Ron Keller since 1966, the Naperville Municipal Band continues to perform its 11-week summer concert season at 7:30PM on Thursdays in Central Park through Aug. 19. Assistant Conductors are René Rosas and Emily Binder. Emcee Ann Lord will narrate the show. All concerts are free of charge and open to the public.
The Naperville Municipal Band was established in 1859. With the Community Concert Center in Naperville’s Central Park as its home base, the band has entertained thousands of listeners most summers during its free weekly outdoor concerts.
Typically every Thursday during the 2021 season, the program is posted on the Naperville Municipal Band website, www.napervilleband.org.
7:30PM July 15 – René Rosas is conducting!
The Star Spangled Banner / John Stafford Smith (arr. Ron Keller)
The Dam Busters, March / Eric Coates (arr. W.J. Duthoit)
Overture in B-flat / Ceasar Giovannini
The Magic Trumpet, Cornet Solo / Joe Burke (arr. Harris Hubble) / Jim Cross, Soloist
Bugler’s Holiday / Leroy Anderson / Jim Cross, Linda Ziemann, Bob Binder, Trumpet Trio
Sobre Las Olas (Over The Waves), Waltz / Juvenito Rosas (arr. Paul DeVille)
English Folk Song Suite / Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Floral Dance / Katie Moss (arr. Simon Felder)
Ratatouille Highlights / Michael Giacchino (arr. John Moss)
Chant du depart / Gabriel Allier (arr. Charles Wiley)
Folks begin arriving about 7PM to mix and mingle
Benches are set. Concert-goers are welcomed to bring blankets and collapsible chairs to watch from other locations throughout Central Park.
Concert themes are subject to change without notice. For now, here’s the schedule for the remainder of the summer.
July 22 – “Russ Bigelow Night” / Russ Bigelow & his trombone joined the NMB in 1971.
July 29 – “Rhythm of the Winds”
August 5 – “Naperville is 190!”
August 12 – “So Long for a While”
August 19 – “Joint Jazz Bands” with the NMB Big Band led by Conductor Tracy Oliver
Central Park is located located in the heart of downtown at 104 E. Benton Avenue. Some folks say Central Park is behind Quigley’s Irish Pub and US Bank. Others say it’s behind the old Nichols Library and the YMCA building.
One more thing… Create a special evening in downtown Naperville on Thursday evenings. Head out a little early and enjoy dinner at one of downtown’s many eateries. Or place a to-go order for a picnic in Central Park. Also remember to bring pocket change in support of the Bake Sale in the Gazebo.
Click here for directory listing of downtown eateries.