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2017 Winter Concert is Scheduled for Sunday, February 19th  2pm 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.
 
  “Those Were the Days”
A Concert in the Style of John Philip Sousa
February 19, 2017
Jay Gephart, Conductor

Plan now to attend our annual Winter Concert paying tribute to the fast-paced exciting concerts of the great Sousa Band.
This concert features two outstanding young soloists and promises to bring warmth and brightness to our drab winter season.   We hope to see you soon

PROGRAM

 
American Legion March........................................Charles Parker
Roman Carnival Overture......................................Hector Berlioz

Horn Concerto.......................................................................Gliere
            Rebecca Salo, French Horn
        Student Solo Competition Winner

Pasquinade.....................................................Gottschalk/Leidzen
 
Fugue on Yankee Doodle Dandy....................John Philip Sousa
Intermission

Light Cavalry Overture.................................................von Suppe
Clarinet Concerto.........................................................Artie Shaw
Gabriella Gervasio, clarinet
                Student Solo Competition Winner

New York: 1927..............................................................arr. Barker
Curtain Call...............................................................John Wasson

Star Spangled Banner.................................arr. Sousa-Damrosch  

 
Encores are selected from the following:
El Capitan.........................................................John Philip Sousa
Big Joe The Tuba........................................................Paul Lavalle
Lassus Trombone..................................................Henry Fillmore
The Old Circus Band March.......................................Fred Jewell
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka..............................................Strauss Reed 
The Strenuous Life.....................................................Joplin/Reed
Stars and Stripes Forever...............................John Philip Sousa


Check Back as details for the  Summer Highland Park Series
become available
              

The Winter Concert is at Kokomo High School Auditorium and begins at 2 PM.    This concert typically lasts one hour and 45 minutes including intermission.

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.



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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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