2015 KPB Summer Concert Series Begins June 10

The Kokomo Park Band is pleased to offer our free concerts thanks to the generosity of our friends and supporters in the community.
2015 Summer Season Preview
Tentative - Subject to Change
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featuring the KPB French Horn Section
and the Retired Rum-Runners Dixieland Band

Charlotte Kunz, Piccolo Soloist

Stephen Pratt (Indiana University), Guest Conductor
Youth Multicultural Rhythm Ensemble
KPB High School Solo Competition Winner

    Major William Browne (Culver Academies), Conductor
Albert E. Shockey Detachment of the Marine Corps League 
Featuring the 

            A Salute to Indiana Jazz
"Mo" Trout,conductor (Director of Jazz, Purdue)
Vocalists Gary Wallyn and Cherissa Lawson

Matt Conaway, conductor
William Schmidt, Tuba Soloist

                 Neil Broeker, Alto Sax Soloist

                     Jennifer Kirkman, Bassoon Soloist
Kokomo Men of Note Barbershop Chorus

Summer Concerts begin at 8 PM and usually last an hour.
Limited seating is available,  but we suggest bringing lawn chairs.
In case of rain, concerts will be held at Kokomo High School.

Check back for more details about the upcoming 2015 season.
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Feb. 22, 2015 - Winter Concert - "Songs in the Key of Blue"
Jay Gephart, Conductor and Artistic Director
Clara Loisch, flute (College Solo Competition Winner)
Sally Duke, vocalist
Barbara Hobbs, Piano on "Rhapsody in Blue"
2PM, Kokomo High School Auditorium

June 11th, 2014 – “A Tribute to the Maestro,” Jay Gephart, Guest Conductor Director of Bands, Purdue University
Stacy Maugans, Alto Saxophone
Sally Duke, Vocalist
Sponsored by Community First Bank of Indiana

June 18th, 2014 – “Family Movie Night," Ishbah Cox, Guest Conductor
Assistant Band Director, Purdue University
Dan Healton, Clarinet
For kids: Instrument petting zoo beginning at 7PM
Instruments provided by Sound of Music

June 25th, 2014 – “Spotlight on Youth,” Roby George, Guest Conductor - Director of Bands, Indiana State University
Heather Wright, Bassoon
Youth Rhythm Workshop Ensemble (beginning at 7:15)

July 2nd, 2014 – "Patriotic Extravaganza," Major William Browne, Conductor - Director of Music, Culver Academies
Bruce Knepper, Trumpet
Albert E. Shockey detachment of the Marine Corps League

July 9, 2014 – Big Band Night, Larry McWilliams, Guest Conductor
Director - Ball State University Jazz Ensembles (retired)
Cherresa Lawson and Gary Wallyn, vocalists

July 16, 2014 – “Side by Side,” Commander Allen Beck, Guest Conductor - Director of U. S. Navy Band, Washington D.C. (retired)
Duo: John Huntoon, trombone & Keith Whitford, cornet
July 23rd, 2014 – “Broadway Night,”  John Huntoon, Guest Conductor
Jazz Band Director and Asst. Band Director, Anderson University
Vocalists Diana Huntoon, Gary Wallyn and friends
July 30th, 2014 – “International Night,” Dr. Robert Grechesky, Guest Conductor Director of Bands, Butler University 
Trudy Whitford, Flute
Kokomo Men of Note Barbershop Chorus



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News Notes

  • Gephart named KPB Artistic Director Jay S. Gephart, Director of Purdue University’s Marching Band and Wind Ensemble, has accepted the position of Artistic Director of the Kokomo Park Band. The vacancy was the result of the recent passing of the previous Artistic Director, Steve Rhodes who conducted the band for over 24 years.  In his acceptance letter to the KPB Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Professor Gephart offered the following statement: “It is with great pride and honor that I assume the role of Artistic Director of the Kokomo Park Band.  I have had the pleasure of guest conducting this fine group several times throughout my career and I knew, from the moment I stepped on the podium, the band was something very ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 4:12 PM by Keith Whitford
  • Rhodes served as KPB Music Director for 24 years. Steve Rhodes served as the Music Director of the Kokomo Park Band from 1989 until March of this year.   Before stepping up to the podium, he served in the band as a trombone and euphonium player and was actively involved in the incorporation of the organization.   His function in the band went well beyond what was seen by the public.   Not only did Steve carefully plan each program, but he also custom arranged hundreds of selections to render them more effective for the audience and more suitable to the size, instrumentation, and specific players in the KPB.   He also helped to line up guest artists and to recruit musicians who traveled up to 90 miles to play under his baton ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2014, 7:12 PM by Keith Whitford
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