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2018 Winter Concert

Sunday, February 18 at 2PM
Kokomo High School Au

The Kokomo Park Band is pleased to offer our free concerts thanks to the generosity of our friends and supporters in the community.

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. 




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News Notes

  • College Student Solo Competition is November 12 This adjudicated event includes 12-15 contestants and occurs in mid November. The winner earns a cash scholarship and performs on the annual Winter Concert on February 18th.  The 2016 competition is November 12.  Applications are due November 3.2017 KPB Collegiate Solo Competition - Info and Application (click on article heading to access this link)
    Posted Oct 29, 2017, 10:25 AM by Keith Whitford
  • IN MEMORIUM: KARL GILBERT Members and fans of the KPB are grieving over the recent death of longtime Principal Percussionist, Executive Committee member and good friend Karl Gilbert. He will be remembered for his outstanding musicianship as well as his unique sense of humor. Karl will be greatly missed.  Read Karl's Obituary
    Posted Jan 5, 2016, 4:22 PM by Keith Whitford
  • SUMMER CONCERTS ARE SET TO BEGIN The Kokomo Park Band began its 113th season of summer concerts at 8PM on Wednesday, June 10th.  We continue to  receive compliments from our recent Winter Concert featuring Barb Hobb’s amazing piano virtuosity on “Rhapsody in Blue,” college solo winner Clara Loisch’s dazzling performance on flute, and the beautiful voice of Sally Duke.  Conductor Jay Gephart’s successful debut appearance as KPB’s Artistic Director promises a bright future for musicians as well as fans in our community.  We are eagerly anticipating to an exciting summer season and look forward to seeing you at Highland Park each and every week.  Please spread the word to help us increase our audience. Features this year include Bill Bowne and the ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2015, 3:35 PM by Keith Whitford
  • 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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