The Parkville Symphonic Band is proud to announce our 22nd 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: an oboe, a clarinet or two, and a bassoon. Of course, other instruments are always welcome, too.
We perform music ranging from show tunes and big band jazz to marches and major symphonic pieces. We work hard, but the mood is always light and friendly.
The band, now it it's 22nd 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 Concert: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, Park University
Our July 4, Independence Day concert will feature a mix of patriotic favorites, Americana, and American big band-style jazz. Patriotic selections will include the always popular Washington Post and National Emblem Marches, and will salute our veterans with a medley of the service songs for each of the branches of our armed forces. Appalachian Dances presents lively settings of folk tunes from the Appalachian region, and our jazz selections will celebrate the music of Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra, and more! Of course, we will end with Stars and Stripes! We invite you to join us for a program sure to be enjoyed by young and old alike.
After our concert, relax with friends on the beautiful Park University lawn and enjoy a beautiful evening as you wait for the Parkville fireworks show. Be sure to bring your lawn chair and favorite soft drink (and bug repellent). Or check out the Carnival rides and treats in Downtown Parkville! We hope to see you there for our 23rd consecutive July 4 concert.
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.