2016 Kokomo Park Band Summer Concerts Begin on June 8

We'll see you Wednesday evenings at Highland Park

The Kokomo Park Band is pleased to offer our free concerts thanks to the generosity of our friends and supporters in the community.
This concert celebrates area activities for the summer season and features the Kokomo Jackrabbits mascot, a trumpet trio featuring 3 Howard County Band Directors, vocalist Sally Duke and the Retired Rum-Runners Dixieland Band

An evening of music from the British Isles ranging from Vaughn Williams to the Beatles. Featuring Todd McCready, Euphonium Soloist.

This event showcases the Multi-Cultural Youth Rhythm Workshop Ensemble directed by Art Reiner (beginning at 7:15) and Noah Connolly, the KPB High School Student Soloist Competition Winner. on English Horn

The KPB celebrates the “4th of July” with this patriotic program featuring the Albert E. Shockey Marine Corps League Color Guard and the Kokomo Park Singers. The program will recognize our military veterans, and provides a musical tribute to our nation and its people. 

Anderson University's Director of Jazz Ensembles John Huntoon will lead the KPB Swing Orchestra, a hybrid group of the region’s finest jazz musicians with vocalists Gary Wallyn and Cherresa Lawson.

Outstanding high school musicians will perform alongside seasoned professionals in a program led by celebrated guest conductor Brayer Teague. Featuring Sergeant Kyle Kemps, USMC, Clarinet Soloist.

From the Broadway stage to Dixieland Jazz, this concert taps into the music that has pleased audiences for generations. 
Featuring flutist Trudy Whitford. 

Beginning at 7PM, children may explore various instruments at the “Instrument Petting Zoo.”

  • JULY 27 - “Indiana Bicentennial Celebration” 
This season grand finale extravaganza features the Kokomo Men of Note Barbershop Chorus, vocalist Gary Wallyn, the Retired Rum Runners Dixie Band and Purdue’s Golden Girl.


February Celebrations

"A Tribute to U.S. Presidents &  Black History"

Program for February 21, 2016


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.

George Washington Bicentennial March …Sousa

 Spirit of 76… …………………………..Grundman

 Concertino for Clarinet……………………..Weber

Rachel Jordan, Clarinet

George Washington’s B-day Party……....arr. Clark

Porgy and Bess…………………Gershwin / Barnes

Satchmo:Tribute to Louie Armstrong...arr Ricketts


The President’s March…………….Fillmore/Foster

Lincoln [from the motion picture]……….Williams

Variations on an African Hymn Song……..Hilliard

A Lincoln Portrait………………………...Copland

Dr. Robert A. Lee - narrator

 Jay Gephart, Artistic Director

Curt Alexander, Announcer

 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.

Check back for more details about the upcoming 2016 season.




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News Notes

  • 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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