The Parkville Symphonic Band is proud to announce our 21st 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 21st 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.
Please join us for our 22nd July 4 Independence Day Concert where we will proudly celebrate our nation’s heritage with American music ranging from patriotic marches and songs of bygone times to more recent popular jazz and movie themes. We will offer medleys of songs popular during Civil War times, and then observe America’s entry into World War I a century ago with songs of that era in Echoes from the Battlefield. Other selections include music of Sinatra, Irving Berlin (you will recognize many of the tunes even if you don’t know the name), and jazz great, Maynard Ferguson. Music from Pirates of the Caribbean will round out our mix with its fun and rowdy music. Click on Upcoming Concert Repertoire for more information.
After the concert, check out the carnival in downtown Parkville, or just relax with friends on the beautiful Park University lawn as you wait for the fireworks, about 9:45. Be sure to bring your blanket or lawn chairs, some bug repellant and your favorite soft drink. Hope to see you there!
Note: The Parkville Jazz and Arts Festival has been cancelled for 2016. There will be no appearance by the band at this event.
The Parkville Symphonic Band 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.