Summer Concerts Begin on June 7

The Kokomo Park Band is pleased to offer our free concerts thanks to the generosity of our friends and supporters in the community.
2017 Summer Season Preview (tentative)

June 7:    Opening Night - “March into Summer”

June 14:  “To ‘B’ or not to ‘B”  w/ Sally Duke, vocalist

June 21:   Spotlight on Youth - Guest Conductor
Youth Rhythm Ensemble
*High School Solo Competition Winner

June 28:  "Patriotic Tribute " with the Kokomo Park Singers

July 5:      ""Big Band Night" - Mo Trout, conductor

July 12:    Side By Side Concert
            *featuring the area’s finest H.S. students

July 19:  Conductor’s Choice (TBA)

July 26:    Grand Finale
           Kokomo Men of Note Barbershop Chorus

Side-by-Side and High School Student Solo Competition applications are due in May. Check the website for details

Check back for more details about the upcoming 2016 season.



News Notes

  • College Student Solo Competition is November 13 This adjudicated event includes 12-15 contestants and occurs in late November. The winner earns a cash scholarship and performs on the annual Winter Concert on February 19th.  The 2016 competition is November 13.  Applications are due November 4.2016 KPB Collegiate Solo Competition - Info and Application (click on article heading to access this link)
    Posted Oct 18, 2016, 10:52 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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