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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Photo Gallery: Naperville Municipal Band Spring Concert 5/19/2024


The Naperville Municipal Band, under the leadership of Director Emily Binder and Associate Director Bill Jastrow, performed its annual Spring Concert on May 19 in the Neuqua Valley High School Auditorium.

The joint concert also featured the Naperville Municipal Band Big Band directed by Tracy Oliver. Soloist Summer Kwai returned to perform vocals.

Be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday evenings, June 6 through August 15 for the annual summer season with performances by the band that dates back to 1859. The one exception is Wednesday, July 3. The Patriotic Concert to commemorate Independence Day on the Fourth of July, complete with the 1812 Overture set to cannons, will be a day early. 

Learn more about future concerts at www.napervilleband.org/concerts.

And the Naperville Municipal Band played on and on…

The Naperville Municipal Band recognized the Neuqua Valley High School Music Department with gratitude “for generously lending” their African Drums used to perform “Symphony No. 1, Movement III – Juba Dance.” (PN Photo)
Known to showcase a variety of important marches, the band performed a rousing rendition of the March of the Women Marines, complete with its historical background. (PN Photo)

During the concert, Director Binder also recognized high school interns Victor Alvarez, Alejandro Angulo, Sean Creighton, Clay Kabbe, Maho Karthikeyan, Michael Roberts, Adam Ruhde, Ege Tunar and Madeline Zafir.

Emcee Steve Lord and Director Binder concluded with Applause. Applause. Applause! (PN Photo)

Annual Summer Concert Series / June 6 thru Aug. 15

The annual Summer Concert series to showcase the band that’s been around since 1859 begins at 7:30PM, Thurs., June 6, and runs most Thursdays until Aug. 15 in Central Park.

Conductor Emily Binder notes the summer season will include “lots of celebrations and happy things” that will accompany long-standing traditions and special presentations. In addition to presentations recognizing 8th Grade Scholarship award recipients and three Dr. Ronald Keller Music Scholarship Awards, the first 150 years of the Naperville Fire Department will be honored.

Kindly note the “Kids Concert” is scheduled for 7PM Thurs., June 13, complete with an “instrument petting zoo,” costume parade and other musical entertainment. Yes. The 7PM time is correct. The concert will be about 60 minutes.

Under the leadership of Tracy Oliver, the NMB Big Band will perform June 20 and Aug. 8.

Since the late-Mayor Chet Rybicki’s request about 40 years ago, the Naperville Municipal Band has performed the 1812 Overture accompanied by cannons and Civil War reenactors to commemorate Independence Day. (PN File Photo)

Save 7:30PM Wed., July 3, for the annual Patriotic Concert with the “1812 Overture.” The celebration of Independence Day, complete with Civil War reenactors and cannons always is a blast.

Note also the Naperville Municipal Band will perform prior to the fabulous fireworks display in Frontier Sports Complex on July 4. Stay tuned for details.

Grab a collapsible chair, blanket or sit-upon cushion for the park benches. Bring a picnic. Order take-out from a downtown eatery. Plan an evening in Central Park every Thursday with family, friends and neighbors.

For more information, visit www.napervilleband.org/concerts.

Thanks to the City of Naperville SECA Fund, all NMB concerts are free of admission charge.

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