he Parkville Symphonic Band is proud to announce our 23rd 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.
The band performs four to six concerts each year, with two or more serving as fund raising events for various Northland charities. Park University graciously provides our home base, with rehearsals and most concerts being held in the beautiful Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. All Parkville Symphonic Band concerts are free and open to the public.
We perform music ranging from Concert Band standards and symphonic orchestra transcriptions to show tunes and big band jazz. We work hard, but the mood is always light and friendly.
Anyone who enjoys making music and who plays a band instrument is welcome to Join Us! (see link above). 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 Parkville Symphonic Band gratefully acknowledges Park University's generous support in providing use of the Chapel for our rehearsals and concerts.
The band is currently in need of the following instruments: clarinets, saxophones (tenor, alto and baritone) and one or more percussionists. Of course, other instruments are always welcome.
Our next concert will be our annual Christmas Concert at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City, MO 64151. Please see the Schedule link above for dates and times. Check out our Previous Repertoire link above to see examples of programs from recent concerts.