2015 KPB Summer Concert Series is Underway

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
              Click on concert date for additional information

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
Jamie Edwards, Flute
KPB High School Solo Competition Winner

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

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

July 15 - "Side By Side Concert
Matt Conaway, Guest Composer/Conductor
William Schmidt, Tuba Soloist

                    Neil Broeker, Alto Sax Soloist
            The F.R.O.G.S. (Double Male Vocal Quartet)
           and the Retired Rum-Runners Dixieland Band

                         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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News Notes

  • 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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