Date: July 13, 2007
Location: Peoria Christian Center
Child Price: Free
Adult Price: Free
The concert is “Out About Town”. This week the band will spotlight vocalists, David Blasco and Rachael Cavallini. The instrumental soloist this week will be Mark Donahue, the winner of the John Kamerer Youth Soloist Competition. Mark will be a senior this year at Morton High School where he participates in the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Sax Quartet, and Pit Orchestra. He is also a member of the Central Illinois Youth Symphony, the 2006 and 2007 Honor Band of America, the 2007 All State Honors Band, the Bradley Honor Band and has played in the pit orchestra for Corn Stock. Studying with Sherill Diepenbrock, he has played the clarinet for seven years and plans to pursue a career in music education, currently teaching younger players. When Mark is not playing music he enjoys running, sailing and spending time with his friends.
The talented David Blasco is one of our vocal soloists this week. David earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Northern Illinois University. David is the Director of Church Life at Glen Oak Christian Church and he is a member of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale. He performs and directs regularly at Eagle Lane Theater in Streator, IL.
The Peoria Municipal Band was formed in 1937 through the efforts of Local 26 of the American Federation of Musicians and interested citizens. Prior to 1937 the band was a professional municipal band complete with management and "Soloists of National Reputation". Current band members come from all walks of life; many are currently music teachers in the local schools. They are selected by audition and then commit to a full season of rehearsals and performance. Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed their music since 1937. Today, with the support of the city, the band continues the long-standing tradition of excellence in music.