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Upcoming - College Student Solo Competition
 This adjudicated event typically includes 12-15 contestants and occurs on November 10, 2020 at First EPC Church. 
The winner earns a cash scholarship and performs on the annual Winter Concert in February.                           

2020 Winter Concert - Sunday, February 16, 2PM
Havens Auditorium - IU-Kokomo
2020 Summer Concert Season

Wednesday Evenings, June 10- July 29 at 8PM
Highland Park
The Kokomo Park Band is pleased to offer our free concerts thanks to the generosity of our friends and supporters in the community.


2019 Summer Concert Season

June 12  “Smile, its Summer”- Spotlight on Youth - Sponsored by Caron & Jones Dental Care.  Multicultural Youth Rhythm Ensemble, Student Solo Winner

June 19 “Side By Side” Concert - Guest Conductor Matt Conaway with outstanding high school musicians performing alongside the seasoned professionals of the KPB. Featuring Todd McReady on Euphonium.

June 26 “Circus Days” - Music for the big top and carnivals with special guests from the Peru Circus. Featuring tuba soloist William Schmidt.

July 3  "From Sea to Shining Sea"  Sponsored by Bayliff, Harrigan, Cord, Maugans   The KPB celebrates the “4th of July” featuring the the Albert E. Shockey Marine Corps League Color Guard, vocalist Cody Kopka and the Kokomo Park Singers & the "Howard County Band Directors" Trumpet Trio.  The program will recognize our military veterans and provide a musical tribute to our nation and its people. (Rain location-Havens Auditorium IU-K)

July 10 “Big Band Night” - Sponsored by Stout Funeral Home and Crematory with Guest Conductor “Mo” Trout featuring the KPB Swing Orchestra, a hybrid group of the region’s finest jazz musicians with vocalists Cherresa Lawson & Gary Wallyn.

July 17 “Brass Band Night”- includes music from the Civil War, Salvation Army Brass Bands and British Brass Bands and modern selections.   AT 7:00 - INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO FOR KIDS AND SPECIAL GUESTS - THE KOKOMO HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING WILDCATS


July 24 “The Great American Songbook” - Sponsored by McGavic’s Outdoor Power   Music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and others. Featuring the Retired Rum Runners Dixieland Jazz Band, the Kokomo Men of Note, vocal soloists and Saxophonist Neil Broeker.

July 31 - Grand Finale: “South of the Border” - featuring trumpeter Bruce Knepper and music from Mexico, South America and the Caribbean.







 Mission Statement

The Kokomo Park Band is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the community by providing performances of broad appeal and high artistic quality, creating musical opportunities for local youth, engaging the talents of area musicians, and preserving the great heritage of American band music in North Central Indiana.    

Description:

The Kokomo Park Band is comprised of over 130 musicians within a 90 mile radius of Kokomo.   Approximately 48 of these are scheduled to perform each concert. The band currently provides a series of free concerts to the public during the summer months and performs an additional concert in February.  Selections range from symphonic masterpieces to traditional jazz. Our organization serves the citizens of the greater Kokomo area including the surrounding counties. Each of our concerts typically has 1100-1500 people in attendance and attracts a diverse audience of all age levels. Many come to our summer concerts as a regular family activity. We provide youngsters with what is often their first exposure to live “classical” music. There are also a considerable number of senior citizens attending our events, some of whom are bused from retirement facilities. Because there is no admission charge, people are able to attend regardless of their economic situation. 




Check back for more details about the upcoming 2018 season.
      

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News Notes

  • Ads, Sponsorships, and Volunteers for upcoming Summer Concert Season Sponsorships & Program Ad Space Available:   If you know of a club, group or business that might sponsor one of our concerts or place an ad in our Summer Season programs, please see Toni at the KPB table or contact us at info@kokomoparkband.org or call 765-319-8554. Volunteers Needed:  As with any successful organization, the KPB depends on volunteers to help with numerous tasks. We need help with such things as assembling concert programs, preparing newsletters, setting up chairs, distributing coloring material for kids, securing program ads, and hanging posters in area businesses. Please let us know if you might be willing to assist in any way. We also keep a list of groups who are interested ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2018, 4:34 PM by Keith Whitford
  • Clara Loisch featured on Winter Concert The KPB 2018 Winter Concert in February was the third appearance of flutist Clara Loisch as a KPB Solo Competition Winner.  She won the High School Division in 2012 and performed as College Division winner in 2015 as a freshman at Taylor University.  This year, she is completing her Bachelor's degree in Instrumental Performance on the flute. Her decision to seek music as a lifelong passion began when she fell in love with the flute at age six.    Clara won the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto/Aria Competition in 2016, the 2017 NFA Frances Blaisdell Scholarship Competition, and the 2017 William Bennett Masterclass Competition.  She is the inaugural recipient of the Straubinger Flute Scholarship, offsetting much of the cost of ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2019, 1:48 PM by Keith Whitford
  • OUR CONDUCTOR Jay S. Gephart was appointed Artistic Director of the Kokomo Park Band in 2015.   He joined the faculty of Purdue University in the fall of 1995 after having completed 12 years as a public school band director.  In 2006, he was appointed the Al G. Wright Chair of University Bands and Orchestras and currently serves as Director of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band & the Purdue University Wind Ensemble.   Professor  Gephart received a Master of Music Degree in Performance with High Distinction from Indiana University in 1988. He has since served as a guest conductor, clinician, lecturer and adjudicator both nationally and internationally.  Gephart has commissioned numerous works for wind band, including “Anthem” by Steven Bryant which was premiered in ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2018, 4:24 PM by Keith Whitford
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