Kish Band offers ‘Service’ concert

The Greater Kishwaukee Area Concert Band will open its 11th season with a concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.

John Hansen, director, has titled the concert “Service” to honor doctors, nurses, police and fire personnel, EMTs, paramedics, medical caregivers of every kind, teachers and members of the military. The program is sponsored in memory of Geoffrey T. Wilkins.

The concert will open with Copland’s “Overture for the Common Man.” The traditional “Yankee Doodle” will follow. The audience will be asked to stand and join the band for the national anthem.

The rousing march “Chimes of Liberty” will precede the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “El Capitan” by Sousa, and the “Star Spangled Spectacular.”

After the intermission, the band will play the naval hymn “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” as a memorial to Earl Clemens, who was the principal oboe player in the band for many seasons, and recently passed away.

The march “Emblem of Unity” will be followed by “In Honor of the Fallen.” and a medley of songs from the Armed Services. The program will conclude with “God Bless America.”

Admission to the concert is free; donations will be accepted. The building is handicapped accessible.

For more information, call John at 815-825-2350 or Sue at 815-899-4867 or visit


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