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2018 Summer Concert Season

Wednesday Evenings, June 6 - July 25 at 8PM
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.

w/ Bruce Knepper - Trumpet Soloist

Retired Rum-Runners Traditional Jazz Band

June 13 - Side By Side

June 20 - Spotlight on Youth - Stephen Pratt, Guest Conductor

June 27 - Brass Band Night

July 4 - Let Freedom Ring

July 11 - Big Band Night - Freddie Mendoza, Guest Conductor

July 18 - TBA

July 25 - Shall We Dance

 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. 




Check back for more details about the upcoming 2018 season.
      

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News Notes

  • Ads, Sponsorships, and Volunteers for upcoming Summer Concert Season Sponsorships & Program Ad Space Available:   If you know of a club, group or business that might sponsor one of our concerts or place an ad in our Summer Season programs, please see Toni at the KPB table or contact us at info@kokomoparkband.org or call 765-319-8554. Volunteers Needed:  As with any successful organization, the KPB depends on volunteers to help with numerous tasks. We need help with such things as assembling concert programs, preparing newsletters, setting up chairs, distributing coloring material for kids, securing program ads, and hanging posters in area businesses. Please let us know if you might be willing to assist in any way. We also keep a list of groups who are interested ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2018, 4:34 PM by Keith Whitford
  • Clara Loisch featured on Winter Concert The KPB 2018 Winter Concert in February was the third appearance of flutist Clara Loisch as a KPB Solo Competition Winner.  She won the High School Division in 2012 and performed as College Division winner in 2015 as a freshman at Taylor University.  This year, she is completing her Bachelor's degree in Instrumental Performance on the flute. Her decision to seek music as a lifelong passion began when she fell in love with the flute at age six.    Clara won the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto/Aria Competition in 2016, the 2017 NFA Frances Blaisdell Scholarship Competition, and the 2017 William Bennett Masterclass Competition.  She is the inaugural recipient of the Straubinger Flute Scholarship, offsetting much of the cost of ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2018, 4:28 PM by Keith Whitford
  • OUR CONDUCTOR Jay S. Gephart was appointed Artistic Director of the Kokomo Park Band in 2015.   He joined the faculty of Purdue University in the fall of 1995 after having completed 12 years as a public school band director.  In 2006, he was appointed the Al G. Wright Chair of University Bands and Orchestras and currently serves as Director of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band & the Purdue University Wind Ensemble.   Professor  Gephart received a Master of Music Degree in Performance with High Distinction from Indiana University in 1988. He has since served as a guest conductor, clinician, lecturer and adjudicator both nationally and internationally.  Gephart has commissioned numerous works for wind band, including “Anthem” by Steven Bryant which was premiered in ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2018, 4:24 PM by Keith Whitford
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