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June 7, 2017 - Marching into Summer

Kokomo Park Band Program
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – 8 PM
7:00 PM Pre-Concert
Ensembles from the US Army 38th Division 
Indiana National Guard Band
featuring: Brassonovas, Whirling Winds (WQ), Total Denotation (Show Band), and Four Blanks and a Misfire (Brass Quintet).

8:00 PM  Kokomo Park Band

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

Entry March of the Boyars………………………Johan Halvorsen

Best Broadway Marches…………………….. James Christensen

I Made My Plans for Summer………….……..John Philip Sousa
Bruce Knepper, Trumpet Soloist

Bravura………..……………………………………… Charles Duble
 
Bugle Calls a Plenty………….………………………..Paul Lavalle
 
John Williams: The Symphonic Marches……arr. John Higgins

Colonel Bogey…………………………………………..F.J. Ricketts
 
Highlights from “The Music Man”................…Meredith Willson
                                                                              arr. Alfred Reed
 
When the Saints Go Marching ....………………arr. Naohiro Iwai 
Retired Rum Runners Traditional Jazz Band

To the Max…………………………………………..Robert W. Smith

Star Spangled Banner……..……………….. John Stafford Smith                                                                    arr. Sousa - Damrosch

Jay Gephart, Conductor
Alan Girton, Announcer

Trumpeter Bruce Knepper is a native of Logansport, Indiana. He has a music education degree from Valparaiso University and a Masters degree in trumpet performance from Indiana University. His early professional career included playing trumpet at Kings Island theme park north of Cincinnati, and four years playing on cruise ships, with such lines as Carnival, Holland America, and the "love boats" of Princess Cruises.
     In addition to his teaching responsibilities with the Lafayette School Corporation, Mr. Knepper performs as a soloist at weddings, plays with the Kokomo Park Band, Kokomo Symphony, Lafayette Citizens Band, Lafayette Symphony (substitute).  He also performs with a variety of bands from the Indianapolis area, and is a member of Los Blancos Latin Jazz Band.  During his career, he has worked with such artists as Bobby Vinton, Mary Wilson & the Supremes, Bob Newhart, Anne Murray, The Manhattan Transfer, and Marie Osmond.


Announcer, Alan Girton is a long-time Howard County resident, having grown up south of the airport and in Kokomo.  He's an 18-year agent with Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and has been married 26 years to Lisa Girton, who runs her own business, The Productive Assistant.  Together, they have one son, Riley, who is a senior at Ball State University studying music education with plans to become a band director.  Alan has been a strong supporter of the Western High School music program, serving as a band volunteer in various capacities including band parent president.  
    He has acting experience with Kokomo Civic and Clinton County Civic theatre programs, and is a volunteer board member for the Kokomo Howard County Public Library system and Community Howard Regional Health Foundation.  He also volunteers with Samaritan Caregivers.   
Alan jokingly attributes his public speaking skills to frequent canings by the headmaster,
but rumor has it that he was a successful member of his speech team in high school.  He has also did extensive ritual work in DeMolay.

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