Dr. David Vroman is the director of the 50-member professional
concert band, which is in its 71st season. Each week the band brings
to the stage a wide variety of music that appeals to audiences of
all ages. It is a great way to spend a summer evening with family
Heuermann, a lyric coloratura soprano, is a recent
graduate of the prestigious Indiana University School of Music. She
has performed in opera, oratorio and many concerts here in America
and abroad with such groups as the AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria;
the Bach Society of Minnesota; and Indiana Opera. Her competition
winnings include being selected as a semifinalist in the
Meistersinger Competition in Graz. Ms. Heuermann has been seen
numerous times with Opera Illinois as both a cover artist and as a
main stage performer.
On June 18 the Peoria Municipal Band will celebrate vinyl -- the
spinning kind: records. You might hear some of your favorites from
those old 78s and 33s. Assistant conductor David Stewart will take
the podium to direct the opening selection, "March Grandioso." Other
selections for that concert will be "Pop Rock Legend Stevie Wonder,"
"A Highland Fling," "A Tribute to Glenn Miller" and "Greatest Hits
of the '60s."
Featured selections June 22 will be "Second Day of Summer,"
"Covenant," "As Summer Was Just Beginning," "Gershwin Portrait,"
"American Folk Rhapsody" and "Aladdin!" Stewart will conduct "The
Swing March." Bradley President Joanne Glasser will be the guest
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Music at each weekly performance will entertain and invigorate
adults and children alike. All the concerts will include programming
of marches, show tunes, dances, overtures, hymns, popular songs and,
of course, solos. The rich tradition of outstanding vocal and
instrumental soloists performing with the band will continue
throughout the summer.
The Peoria Municipal Band was formed in 1937 through the efforts
of Local 26 of the American Federation of Musicians and interested
citizens. Today, with the support of the city, the band continues
the long-standing tradition of excellence in music.
Purchases of "Music to Our Ears: An Illustrated History of Peoria
Area Musicians," Volume I, by Monica Vest Wheeler, will help support
the band. For a $20 donation, individuals can purchase this book and
also take a tax deduction of $11. Checks should be made to the
"Peoria Municipal Band Fund." Books are sold at each concert
performance, select local bookstores and at the Department of Music
in Constance Hall at Bradley University.
The site of the concerts is the Fred Huber Bandshell, located in
Glen Oak Park. The amphitheater offers a beautiful outdoor setting
that adds to the splendor of the evening. Park benches are
available, but you may also bring your own blanket or lawn chairs to
enjoy the concert from a grassy area. Parking is convenient and the
amphitheater is handicapped-accessible.
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