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.

the band

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: October 26 Combined Concert with the

Platte City Community Band

For our next concert we will join forces with the Platte City Community Band as part of festivities commemorating the 175th anniversary of Platte County. The concert will be at Platte City High School at 3:00 p.m.

On Sunday, November 9, the Parkville Symphonic Band will repeat this concert for our Parkville audiences at Park University in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at 7:00 p.m.

Repertoire for our October 26 and November 9 Concerts

In keeping with our Platte County Birthday theme, our program will feature music by Missouri composers, including several from the Kansas City region. Best known are Claude T. Smith (God of Our Fathers) and Frank Erickson (Toccata for Band). The program will also premier a work commissioned especially for the concert, The Heart of a Land, by Missouri composer, Michael Anderson, and a medley of music from the Wizard of Oz, by University of Kansas composer, James Barnes. Additional music will include pieces by David Holsinger, Stephanie Berg and Stephen Berg

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.