Peoria Municipal Band concerts coming up

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

The summer season is well underway with the music of the Peoria Municipal Band to play July 25 in a special concert at St. Philomena Church.  The church is located at 3300 N. Twelve Oaks Dr, Peoria.  

The band is celebrating 77 years of great music being played throughout the Peoria area.  All concerts begin at 7 p.m.

At 7 p.m. July 23, the band will perform in the Warehouse District in Peoria and hope for a little “Luck of the Irish” to help them through the performance that evening.

The John Kamarer Youth Soloist Winner will be featured along with two vocal soloists, newcomer Katie Burnham and returning Anton Grasch. The Irish luck will bring some great music including; “An Irish Celebration”, “A Longford Legend”, and “When Irish Eyes are Smilin”.

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.