Celebrating 20 Years of Community Bands!

The Parkville Symphonic Band is proud to announce our 20th 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). 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 20th 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 Up: June 20, 12:00pm, Noon

Concert at Parkville Jazz and Arts Festival

Next Up: July 4 Concert 7:30 p.m.

For our final events of our 2014-15 season, the Parkville Symphonic Band will present music of the Big Band Era at the Parkville Jazz and Arts Riverjam Festival at English Landing Park by the river at 12:00 p.m., noon on June 20. On July 4 we will move back to the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Park University campus in Parkville, Missouri for our 21st annual Independence Day celebration concert at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of fun and exciting music as we conclude our 20th season!

Repertoire for our June 20 Concert

Each year, the Parkville Symphonic Band transforms into a really big jazz band and prepares selections from the finest jazz and pop arrangements available to perform at the Parkville Jazz Festival. This year’s Big Band Era selections will include medleys of the greatest hits from Glenn Miller and Hoagy Carmichael. The Sound of Brazil and Tijuana Brass in Concert will present favorite Latin tunes from South of the Border. Other selections will include Harlem Nocturne and more! See our Upcoming Repertoire for more information about our program.

Our July 4 program will include patriotic marches and tunes, plus some of our favorites from prior concerts. After our concert, set up your lawn chair on the lawn and enjoy the evening as you wait for the fireworks show!

The Parkville Symphonic Band normally 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.