In spite of the weather . . .

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!

2019 PMB Season Begins

The Peoria Municipal Band, under the direction of Dr. David Vroman, will begin their 82nd season of summer concerts on Sunday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater in Peoria, Illinois and follow up in the Peoria Warehouse District on Wednesday, June 5th.  The 2019 Peoria Municipal Band Summer Season consists of 24 concert performances by a band of 50 musicians.  All concerts are free of charge and parking is adjacent to the performing venues.

On Sunday, June 2nd, the Peoria Fire Department Color Guard and the featured vocalist is Jordan Avellino, a Bradley University vocal performance major from Downingtown, PA.

Sunday evening concerts in Glen Oak Park this summer will be June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 7, 14, 21, 28 August 4 and 11.  The famed Glen Oak Park Fireworks Concert put on by the Peoria Park District will be Wednesday, July 3rd.

Wednesday evening performances are presented at the corner of Water and State Street at 7:00 p.m. These performances will be June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31 August 7.

Two special Friday evening performances will be given this season.  The first is at St. Philomena’s Church and School on Friday June 28th at 7:00 p.m.  Then on Friday July 26th the band will perform at the United Presbyterian Church at 2400 Northmoor Road.

The Peoria Municipal Band was formed in 1937 through the efforts of Local 26 of the American Federation of Musicians and interested citizens.  Prior to 1937 the band was a professional municipal band complete with management and “Soloists of National Reputation”.  Current band members come from all walks of life; many are currently music teachers in the local schools.  They are selected by audition and then commit to a full season of rehearsals and performance.  Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed their music since 1937.  Today, with the support of the city, the band continues the long-standing tradition of excellence in music.

Concert Season is coming!

The 2019 season will be here before you know it! 

Monday, May 27th – Memorial Day Service – Peoria Riverfront

June Concerts 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30

Friday, June 28th – St. Philomena’s Church Concert

July Concerts 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31

Friday, July 26th – United Presbyterian Church Concert

August Concerts 4, 7, 11

Doris was in the audience!

Doris Snyder attended the Sunday, July 8 concert of the Peoria Municipal Band at Glen Oak Park. She has enjoyed the performances for years and will be 110 on August 10th. Lee Wenger, band commissioner and vocal soloist, is pictured here with Doris thanking her for her support of the band.

Miss the concert? Watch the Sunday, June 24th concert here.

Special thanks to George Bean for all his work live streaming this performance.

Star Spangled Banner
Overture “Vautour”/Sousa
Harvest Hymn/Grainger
“Du bist die Ruh”/Schubert/TJ Grasch, vocalist
“Wohin?”/Schubert/TJ Grasch, vocalist
“Mars and Venus”/Sousa
Lassus Trombone/Fillmore
The Thunderer March/Sousa

A Copland Tribute/arr. Grundman
Yorkshire Ballad/Barnes/Laurel Filzen Etzel, conductor
My Funny Valentine/Carrie Tilly, vocalist
I’ll Be Seeing You/Carrie Tilly, vocalist
Best Broadway Marches/arr. Christiansen
Nobles of the Mystic Shrine/Sousa
America, The Beautiful/arr. Dragon