Peoria Municipal Band plans concerts

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Peoria Municipal Band, under the direction of Dr. David Vroman, will present concerts on Wednesday, June 29 and Sunday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.  at Glen Oak Park Amphitheater.  Elizabeth Heuermann will be our guest vocal soloist for the concerts and our own trumpet trio will take to the front of the stage. will be our featured soloists.  On Sunday, the Peoria Park District will present their fireworks display at dark.

Wednesday’s concert will be a tribute to “Union Strong, We are One“.  Wednesday’s concert will open with La Plante’s “American River Songs”.  “Crown Him With Many Crowns” by James Swearingen, “Broadway of the 90’s” arranged by Higgins, St. Louis Blues March”, “Star Wars Episode I”  arr. By Robert W. Smith, “Prairie Dances” by David Holsinger and of course there will be those marches that are everyone’s favorites.

“Celebrate America” will be Sunday night’s theme. Our musical celebration will begin with “The Spirit of ‘76” by Grundman that will be followed by our trombone section on “Lassus Trombone”.  What’s more American than a “Broadway Spectacular”? Come celebrate with several thousand of your friends listening to great American music and enjoying the fireworks.

At both concerts this week the band will feature Elizabeth Heuermann as vocal soloist.  Elizabeth will be returning from New York City to help us celebrate the great American holiday.  Elizabeth Heuermann, lyric coloratura soprano, is a graduate of the prestigious Indiana University School of Music.  She has performed in opera, oratorio, and many concerts in America and abroad with such groups as AIMS festival in Graz, Austria, Bach Society of Minnesota, and Indiana Opera.  Competition Winnings include being selected as a semi-finalist in the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria. Ms. Heuermann has been seen numerous times with Opera Illinois as both a cover artist and as a main stage performer.

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.

Individuals with email who may want to follow the band can subscribe to an E-newsletter by visiting the bands website, http://www.peoriamunicipalband.com/

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