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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) 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.  
      2017 Side By Side Information and Application Form
  • 3) High School Student Solo Competition. This adjudicated event scheduled for mid to late may, typically includes 12-15 contestants. The winner earns a cash scholarship and performs on the summer "Spotlight on Youth" concert in June. 
  • 4) College Student Solo Competition. 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 in February.  The 2016 competition is November 13. Applications are due November 4.
2017 KPB  High School Student Solo Competition - Info and Application
  • 6) 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. 
  • 7) 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 trwhitford@gmail.com

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