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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Naperville Municipal Band is set to begin summer concert series in Central Park


Above / The big stage door on the Naperville Community Concert Center will go up, up, up beginning promptly at 7:30PM Thurs., June 1. 2023, in Central Park.

Experience a tradition in Central Park! Conductor and Music Director Ron Keller has been leading the Naperville Municipal Band since 1966. (PN File Photo)

Under the leadership of Conductor and Music Director Ron Keller since 1966, the Naperville Municipal Band is set to perform its summer concert season at 7:30PM every Thursday beginning June 1 through Aug. 10 in Central Park. Assistant Conductor is Emily Binder. The Naperville Big Band Director is Tracy Oliver.

Emily Binder, assistant conductor and tuba player, brings people together who love music, whether on stage or in the audience. Stay tuned this summer to enjoy her style and creativity. (PN File Photo)

Emcee Ann Lord will narrate the show with her entertaining banter.

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As always, all concerts are free of charge and open to the public.

Ann Lord is a well-loved fixture of the Naperville Municipal Band where she has served as emcee for more than 65 years! (PN File Photo)

“A Salute to the Armed Forces” kicks off the 10-concert season that takes place on stage at the Community Concert Center in Central Park in downtown Naperville. 

But first…Note the Naperville Municipal Band has a busy Memorial Day weekend. First, the City band will perform during the dedication of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at 2PM Sat., May 27, at Veterans Park.

Update, May 28, 2023 / During the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication the Naperville Municipal Band performed in concert with the Naperville Men’s Glee Club and the Highland Guard bagpipers.

The NMB also will play during the Memorial Day Parade that steps off at 10:30AM Mon., May 29, followed by a performance after the parade at a noon ceremony on stage in Central Park.

2023 themes and dates of NMB concerts / Concerts begin at 7:30PM

June 1 / “A Salute to the Armed Forces” / Recognition of 2023 8th Grade Scholarship Recipients

The Naperville Municipal Band will continue its tradition of awarding a $250 music scholarship to one 8th grade student at every middle or junior high school in Naperville District 203, Indian Prairie District 204, Ss. Peter & Paul, and St. Raphael schools in Naperville. Students were nominated by their directors based on musical ability and can use the monetary award to continue their pursuit of music in the form of private lessons, summer band camp, or a new instrument.

The Naperville Municipal Band congratulates the following 8th grade students: Elise Carter (Fischer Middle School), Ethan Chang (Kennedy Junior High School), Annabelle Cheng (Crone Middle School), Nicholas Chou (Jefferson Junior High School), Sophia Granholm (Washington Junior High School), Kevin Grobl (St. Raphael School), Elisabeth Mendoza (Granger Middle School), Carlos Olvera Toledo (Thayer J. Hill Middle School), Titus Park (Lincoln Junior High School), William Petty (Scullen Middle School), Ian Rottersman (Madison Junior High School), Jacob Salvacion (Ss. Peter and Paul School), Tyler Talaga (Still Middle School), and Maxwell Teets (Gregory Middle School). —Allison Buettner, Scholarship Chair, Naperville Municipal Band

June 8 / “Familiar Tunes”

June 15 / “Looking Upward”

June 22 / Naperville Big Band will perform.

June 29 / “A Patriotic Concert,” which is the annual Independence Day celebration.

July 6 / “Let’s Dance”

July 13 / “Ron and Chris Paryl Night,” dedicated to a couple that has been in the band for 50 years.

July 20 / “A Salute to Illinois”

July 27 / “Rovena Hungness Night,” a dedication to another 50-year member of the band.

Aug. 3 / Naperville Big Band will perform with another area guest big band.

Aug. 10 / “Prelude to Fall”

Strike up fond memories of the Naperville Municipal Band

The Naperville Municipal Band has been entertaining Naperville and the surrounding suburbs in Central Park for more than 150 years. The band has grown from a group of dedicated musicians whose vision brought them together in 1859 to its current 100-member roster. 

“Over the years it has undergone five name changes and raised money for four different band shells, 12 sets of uniforms, benches, music, and guest performers,” said Steve Lord, in a news release.

The Naperville Municipal Band was established in 1859. With the Community Concert Center in Naperville’s Central Park as its home base, the award-winning band has entertained thousands of listeners most summers during its free weekly outdoor concerts.

Typically every Thursday during the 2023 season, the program is expected to be posted on the Naperville Municipal Band website, www.napervilleband.org.

Central Park is the home of the Naperville Community Concert Center, the building with the huge stage door featuring the Century Walk mural titled “The Great Concerto.” Park benches await audiences

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.

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, now Gia Mia Italian Restaurant.

Every week a different nonprofit organization provides treats for a Bake Sale in the Gazebo. Earlier this year, groups were invited to apply to be included in a lottery for one of the 11 weeks of the summer concert season. Watch for a notice on the NMB website. (PN File Photo)

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.

For more info about the Naperville Municipal Band, visit www.napervilleband.org.

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