The Peoria Municipal Band, under the direction of Dr. David Vroman, will begin their 84th season of summer concerts on Sunday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m. on the front lawn of the Noble Center in Lakeview Park in Peoria, Illinois and follow up in the Peoria Warehouse District on Wednesday, June 23rd. All concerts begin at 7:00 a.m. and are free of charge. Convenient free parking is adjacent to both the performing venues.
On Sunday, June 20th, the Peoria Fire Department Color Guard will help open the concert along with featured vocalist is Jennifer Rosa. The Noble Center is a new location and is located at 1125 W. Lake Avenue in Peoria. Sunday evening concerts will be June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15 and 22. A special patriotic concert entitled “Salute to America” will be held on Saturday, July 3rd. Wednesday evening performances are presented at the corner of Water and State Street in front of Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery at 7:00 p.m. These performances will be June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, and 18. There will be vocalists, guest emcees, special concert themes and more throughout the summer.
The Peoria Municipal Band had hoped to perform a reduced concert schedule in late July or August this summer but they have canceled those plans. Research surrounding musicians and Covid19 is quickly advancing but not enough is known at this point in time to rehearse and perform with absolute safety. The band will turn its attention to the summer of 2021 in the hopes of a “return to normal”. In the meantime, the band hopes that everyone will support the arts organizations in their communities to the best of their ability as we persevere through the challenges caused by the pandemic.
The 83rd season of the Peoria Municipal Band will not begin as planned June 3rd. COVID-19 has impacted the lives of individuals around the globe and public safety is primary in everyone’s mind as we all work to adhere to local, state and national guidelines and stay safe.
An abbreviated season beginning Wednesday, July 22nd and ending August 16th is tentatively planned. The Peoria Municipal Band and the Municipal Band Commission will continue to monitor and adhere to the guidelines set forth in Restore Illinois and the Peoria Plan before committing to any performance schedule.
The band plays an important role in the social and musical life of Central Illinois and we are disappointed that we cannot share our music as we have planned. Updates concerning the abbreviated season will be released when possible. Thank you for your support of the Peoria Municipal Band.
It has been a while since the band was challenged by the weather. Often at 7:00 p.m. (concert time) the rain has stopped and things cool off. That was the story of June 30th until we approached the second half of the concert. We shortened things up and headed for safety as this wall cloud passed over.
We are hopeful things will be better for the big Peoria Park District Fireworks Show at Glen Oak Park on Wednesday, July 3rd. Activities begin at 4:00 p.m. with the band scheduled to go on around 8:00 p.m. Fireworks follow!