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: April 12 Spring Concert

Our Spring Concert will be at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Park University campus in Parkville, Missouri. Join us for an evening of fun and exciting music as we celebrate our 20th season!

Repertoire for our April 12 Concert

The Parkville Symphonic Band is proud to present a concert revisiting several of our favorite selections from ten and more years ago (yes, it has been that long)! We will also feature the premier performance of a new piece commissioned especially for the band, Summoning Fire, by Stephanie Berg. Among our old favorites will be the overture to La Gazza Ladra by Rossini, and music from the Broadway musical, My Fair Lady. See our Upcoming Repertoire for more information about our program.

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.