MHS grad featured in upcoming concert

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Peoria Municipal Band, under the direction of Dr. David Vroman, will present concerts on June 15 and June 19 at 7:30 p.m.  at their “home base”, Glen Oak Park Amphitheater.  Luann Stoskopf and Rebekah Bourland will be the featured soloists.

Wednesday night we will be “Over the River and Through the Woods” as we take a musical tour across America.  Travelling with 50 musicians can be exciting and fun plus you never know what will happen.  “River of Life” by Steven Reineke will open the concert.    Our assistant conductor, David Stewart will take the podium to conduct “Music for a Summer Night”.  “Glenn Miller Tribute” will get you ready to jump up and take to the dance floor.  We will then travel to the zoo and visit the “Lion King”.  Other selections for the evening will include; “Dynamarch”, “Camptown Races”, “Places USA” and “Beer Barrel Polka”.  Grab your bags and come join us.

Sunday, June 19 the band will say “Thanks Dads” with some of the all-time greats in the music world.  We open this evening with “Light Cavalry Overture” by Von Suppe.   From the ever favorite musical “Show Boat”, we will present “Deep River”.  “Rush Street Tarantella”, “Selections from the Wiz” and several other marches are also on the concert program.  David Stewart will again take the podium to conduct “The Great Movie Marches”.  Mr. Lee Ransom, from television WEEK/WHOI will be our guest emcee so the weather should be great.

Rebekah Bourland is our featured vocalist singing some of the best popular songs ever written.  Rebekah is a lifelong Peorian, graduate of Peoria Central High School and Northwestern University.  She has been a soloist with the Municipal Band for many years.

Luann Stoskopf will come to the front of the stage as she dazzles you with her incredible piccolo.  A graduate of Metamora High School, LuAnn Stoskopf received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Western Illinois University and a Master of Music Education degree from Illinois State University.  In addition to being a member of the Municipal Band, she also performs in the Prairie Wind Ensemble. She is the founder and director of the Central Illinois Flute Troupe and has served as a flute adjudicator for the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference.  LuAnn currently serves as the band and choir director at Lindbergh School in Peoria.

The Peoria Municipal Band was formed in 1937 through the efforts of Local 26 of the American Federation of Musicians and interested citizens.  Prior to 1937 the band was a professional municipal band complete with management and "Soloists of National Reputation".  Current band members come from all walks of life; many are currently music teachers in the local schools.  They are selected by audition and then commit to a full season of rehearsals and performance.  Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed their music since 1937.  Today, with the support of the city, the band continues the long-standing tradition of excellence in music.

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Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the evening under the stars.  There are park benches and concessions available at the park.