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Ads, Sponsorships, and Volunteers for upcoming Summer Concert Season

posted Apr 2, 2018, 4:31 PM by Keith Whitford   [ updated Apr 2, 2018, 4:34 PM ]

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 in distributing programs.

 


Clara Loisch featured on Winter Concert

posted Apr 2, 2018, 4:28 PM by Keith Whitford

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 her professional instrument. In addition, Straubinger also sponsored her participation in the James Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland last summer.  The Blaisdell Scholarship provided her expenses to attend the 2017 National Flute Association in Minneapolis.  Clara currently holds the highest academic and music scholarships at Taylor University; this past fall, she was awarded the music department’s Presser Scholarship.
   She is principal flutist  in both the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra at Taylor and was named a principal chair in the 2018 IMEA Intercollegiate Honor Band. This spring, she will perform as a featured soloist with the TU Wind Ensemble.
   Clara has also performed in the flute sections of the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Kokomo Park Band, Indiana Wind Symphony, and White River Wind Symphony.  Chamber music experience includes the TU Flute Choir, the  Indiana Wind Symphony Quintet, and the “Bach Trio” - a professional chamber ensemble based in North Central Indiana.
  Clara plans to pursue a Master’s Degree on flute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her aspirations include teaching, performing, and collaborating with other musicians. Clara would like to thank her parents and siblings for their support, her flute teacher Trudy Whitford for her instruction and encouragement, and God for His unending wisdom and grace.

OUR CONDUCTOR

posted Apr 2, 2018, 4:21 PM by Keith Whitford   [ updated Apr 2, 2018, 4:24 PM ]

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 2011 celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Purdue Bands. 

Professor Gephart has traveled most recently with his various Purdue ensembles to Beijing, China prior to the Olympics and to the  New York Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall.  He has conducted various All-State Bands and has served as a clinician at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.   In his career he has been the recipient of many awards and honors including the Indiana Outstanding Bandmaster Award and the Purdue University New Professional Award.

Mr. Gephart has served as President of the Big Ten Band Director’s Association and currently holds the position of Treasurer of the John Philip Sousa Foundation.   He is on the board of the National Band Association,  was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmaster’s Association and has served as President of the Indiana Bandmaster’s Association.  

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