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The Kokomo Park Band is committed to providing activities which arouse curiosity and entice young children to become involved in music, encourage existing student musicians by elevating their skills and artistic maturity, and to advance the pursuits of those aspiring to reach professional levels


The KPB provides several specific programs that promote music education: 

  • 1) 2021 Youth Multi-Cultural Rhythm Workshop - July 5th, 6th, & 7th -  3:30-4:45 PM.  The 3-day Youth Multi-Cultural Rhythm Workshop is designed to reach students with limited musical backgrounds and strives to encourage further pursuit of instrumental music.The 20-30 participants will demonstrate what they have learned in a public performance prior to the KPB's "Spotlight on Youth" concert in June. They will also perform a combined selection with the band.     Sign-up begins on June 1st  Call the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library Children's  Department at 765.626.0830. Enrollment is limited.
  • 2) In the Side-By-Side project, student participants are nominated, sponsored and trained by members of the band. The 20-25 high school students are selected based on their qualifications.  Nominating band members guarantee that the students will be prepared for the event. These students will perform challenging repertoire along-side their adult mentors and receive a taste of what its like to participate in a professional musical organization.  This event will take place in 2021 on July 6-7
  • 3) High School Student Solo Competition. This adjudicated event via video submission is due April 30.  The winner earns a $200 cash scholarship and performs on the summer opening concert on June 9. (Link for High School Solo Competition-expired) Email info@kokomoparkband.org with questions
  • 4) College Student Solo Competition. This adjudicated event via video submission is due April 30.  The winner earns a $300 cash scholarship and will be scheduled to perform on a Wednesday summer concert depending on the winner's availability.   (Link for Collegiate Solo Competition-expired).  Email info@kokomoparkband.org with questions  The audition for 2022 will be in November of 2021
  • 5) Prior to one of our concerts, an "instrument petting zoo" will afford young people the opportunity to make a sound on a variety of instruments with the guidance of KPB members. 
  • 6) Youngsters will be provided with music-themed pictures and coloring supplies during selected summer concerts.

For additional information, contact our Education Chair, Mrs. Trudy Whitford at education@kokomoparkband.org

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