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July 23rd – “Broadway Night,”  John Huntoon, Guest Conductor Jazz Band Director and Asst. Band Director, Anderson University


John Huntoon is Director of Low Brass, Brass Ensembles and Jazz Ensemble at Anderson University. He is also the assistant director of the A.U. Wind Ensemble. He received his music degrees from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He has traveled nationally and internationally with the American Waterways Wind Orchestra, the Tower Brass Quintet and the Southwest Brass Quintet. He has also been the principal trombonist with the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra. John has performed with such names as Sandy Patti, the Moody Blues and Ray Charles. He founded and is the trombonist for the Keynote Brass, and can be heard on their debut recording entitled Reflections. As a soloist, John is an active recitalist and clinician. He was recently featured on a recital presented at St Mary’s Cathedral in Freiberg, Germany. John is currently principal trombonist for the Anderson Symphony, Lafayette Symphony and Kokomo Park Band.  He also has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic. John is an active recording artist and private teacher.  He has written literature reviews for the International Trombone Association and is an Artist Affiliate for Benge musical instruments. John resides in Cicero, Indiana with his wife Diana and their son, Isaac.













































Diana Huntoon, soprano, received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Education
Diana Huntoon, soprano, received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Education from Millikin University and her Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University.  She has performed with numerous professional opera and musical theatre organizations including The Ohio Light Opera, Toledo Opera and The Black Swamp Players.   Diana is also the former Music Director of Faith Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. She is currently on staff at Anderson University as adjunct instructor of voice as well as soprano soloist and Interim Musical Director at First Baptist Church of Indianapolis. 

Dietgard Bittner, alto, was born and raised in Dresden, Germany and studied music and voice at the College for Music in Dresden. She was a member of the "Semper Opera" chorus for four years and played in the ensemble of the German production of "Phantom of the Opera" in Essen for two years. She also belonged to the Ensemble of the "Theater fuer Niedersachsen" and did numerous solo projects until she moved to the USA in 2010. Since then she has sung with the Indianapolis Opera choir, Indianapolis Opera Young Ensemble, Intimate Opera of Indianapolis and is the alto section leader of the First Baptist Church choir.



Kokomo Park Band Program
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 8:00 p.m.

“Broadway Night”

High Hopes Fanfare………………………………..…………Bowles/arr. Steve Rhodes

American Legion March……………………………..……………………Charles Parker

Strike Up The Band…………………………………George Gershwin / Jerry Brubaker

Another Op'nin, Another Show from “Kiss Me Kate”...........Cole Porter / arr. Rhodes
Broadway Night Vocal Quartet

Richard Rodgers: A Symphonic Portrait………………………………Frank Erickson
Dietgard Bittner, vocalist

Hello Dolly…………………………………………….Jerry Herman / arr. Steve Rhodes
The Retired Rum-Runners Dixieland Jazz Band

Selections from The Phantom Of The Opera……………………………Warren Barker

West Side Story Medley………………………Leonard Bernstein / arr. Steve Rhodes 
1. Maria……………………………………David Mannell, vocal solo
2. Tonight……………….David Mannell / Diana Huntoon duet
3. I Feel Pretty………………………...Diana Huntoon, vocal solo

A Touch Of Cohan………………………………………………………Stan Applebaum

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning from “Oklahoma”…...…….…Rodgers & Hammerstein
Gary Wallyn, baritone

I Got Rhythm! (Percussion feature)..................George Gershwin / arr. John Higgins

It's A Grand Night for Singing
                     from “Carousel”……....Rodgers & Hammerstein / arr. Steve Rhodes
Broadway Night Vocal Quartet


Star Spangled Banner..............................................................Sousa / Damrosch


John Huntoon, Conductor
Curt Alexander, Announcer


David B Mannell, tenor, enjoys a demanding singing career spanning opera, musical theatre, oratorio, academic and church work.  A native of Topeka, Kansas, he received his Music Education degree from Emporia State University and Masters from Indiana University.  Mr. Mannell’s career has taken him throughout the Midwest, Nation and Europe performing with regional opera houses and orchestras.  He has recorded four CD’s.
Gary Wallyn, baritone, originally of Chicago, Ill., is a graduate of St. Joseph College and Indiana State University and served as a band director for 21 years at Princeton and Kokomo high schools.  More recently he has been an interim music director and instructor at St. Joseph College and Indiana State University.  As a vocalist, Wallyn is soloist with the St. Joan of Arc Church Choir in Kokomo and has been featured as a baritone soloist with the Kokomo Symphony.  He also sings in the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.  He is currently the Band Director at Alexandria High School. 

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