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.
We will begin our 21st season this fall with a concert featuring three wonderful transcriptions for symphonic band: The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, Blessed Are They from Brahms’ A German Requiem, and music from the soundtrack of Jurassic Park, by John Williams. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite has long been a favorite for concertgoers with its delightful melodies and wide variety of styles representing music and dance from many different cultures. Like many romantic era works, these pieces transcribe well for concert band. The Brahms’ Requiem excerpt presents a chorale that is both somber and beautiful. For nearly 25 years, Williams’ powerful Jurassic Park music themes have thrilled us with their depiction of the unbridled optimism of grandiose schemes untroubled by such questions as “what could possibly go wrong?” Still, Jurassic Park’s realistic (we think) and majestic portrayal of dinosaurs continues to thrill us, as does the music!
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.