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 an additional oboe and bassoon player. 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: Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, Park University
Our next concert will feature Guest Conductor, Steve Lewis, directing Jupiter from “The Planets,” by Gustav Holst. Mr. Lewis conducts various groups around the Kansas City area, and is the music director for the Midwest Chamber Ensemble. We are pleased to present Mr. Lewis as brings his musical directing skills to this exciting piece. For a contrasting selection we will include Brian Balmages’ somber tribute to the victims who died at the 2014 protests in Kiev, in Shrine of the Fallen. Other pieces will include the Berceuse and Finale from Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, a delightful John Philip Sousa composition, Easter Monday on the White House Lawn, and a Warren Barker medley of famous show tunes entitled Broadway Show-Stoppers Oveture, and more! For a complete listing see the Upcoming Concert Repertoire page on the right. We invite you to join us for a program sure to be enjoyed by young and old alike.
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.