The Parkville Symphonic Band is proud to announce our 23rd season of music making and participation in America's passion for fine band music. Community bands have continued to enjoy popularity for well over a century, from a time before recorded music when bands were often valued as a primary source of music in local communities, to the present, where today's bands provide an outlet for thousands of amateur musicians to enjoy, display and further hone their musical skills. While band music and ensembles were not an American invention, it was the outstanding bands of leaders like John Philip Sousa who took the military band and transformed it into the symphonic band, capable of performing serious music. In recent years, the popularity of community bands has grown in Europe and is now expanding into Asia. We are proud to be a part of this tradition, and we hope you will join with us as we celebrate our part in carrying on America's musical heritage. If you play (or played) a band instrument, we invite you to join with us for our upcoming season. If you are more of a listener, we hope you will attend our concerts and discover the joy band music has to offer.
Anyone who enjoys making music and who plays a band instrument is welcome to join (see the link on the right).
The band is currently in need of the following instruments: a flute, a bassoon, a trumpet, and one or more percussionists. Of course, other instruments are always welcome, too.
We perform music ranging from Concert Band standards and symphonic orchestra transcriptions to show tunes and big band jazz. We work hard, but the mood is always light and friendly.
The band, now it it's 23rd season, performs four to six concerts each year, with two or more serving as fund raising events for various Northland charities. Park University provides our home base, with rehearsals and most concerts being held in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. All Parkville Symphonic Band concerts are free and open to the public.
Next Up: Rehearsals resume Tuesday, Sept 5, 2017, 7:15 pm
Next Concert: Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Featuring Pam Kelly conducting works of Claude T. Smith
Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, Park University
The Parkville Symphonic Band will resume rehearsals in the Chapel at Park University Tuesday, September 5. The band is a community band made up of amateur and professional musicians of all ages, and welcomes anyone who plays (or played) a band instrument. Rehearsals are from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. each Tuesday evening.
Our next concert on November 5, 2017 will feature guest conductor Pam Kelly, conducting works of her father, Claude T. Smith. Claude T. Smith is recognized as one of the important composers of American concert band music, and many of his compositions will be familiar to both band performers and audience goers. Ms. Kelly has devoted much effort into collecting and preserving his many compositions, some of which have been out of print for many years. We are pleased to present Ms. Kelly as conductor of Claude Smith’s works! Repertoire for our fall concert will be announced at a later time. Check out our Repertoire from Previous Concerts page (at right) to see examples of programs from recent concerts.
The Parkville Symphonic Band is a community band made up of amateur and professional musicians of all ages, and welcomes anyone who plays (or played) a band instrument. Rehearsals are from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. each Tuesday evening. The band rehearses and performs at our home base in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University in beautiful Parkville, Missouri. The Parkville Symphonic Band gratefully acknowledges Park University's generous support in providing use of the Chapel for our rehearsals and concerts.