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DeKalb Municipal Band opens season Tuesday

The DeKalb Municipal Band will open its 159th season of summer band concerts at 8 Tuesday in the Hopkins Park band shell.

The evening will include an array of fireworks, a celebration of Flag Day, recognition of the 2013 recipient of the Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship, soprano soloist Jill McCormick and Marlyn Majorettes, twirling to a medley of patriotic music.

Jill McCormick received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she was a member of the acclaimed IWU Chorale. McCormick earned a master’s degree in music from Northern Illinois University in 2005 and has been teaching general music in DeKalb School District 428 for the past 11 years, currently at Founders Elementary School, and is co-music coordinator for District 428.

McCormick also has produced and directed two elementary musicals, which she thoroughly enjoys. She was raised in DeKalb County and loves performing and teaching in her community.

Her vocal selections on Tuesday include “The Sound of Music,” “Over the Rainbow” and “Tonight.”

Kirk Lundbeck, the band’s new conductor, has planned a varied program including George Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band,” Henry Mancini’s movie themes, “The Music Man,” Leroy Anderson’s “The Syncopated Clock,” and “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite” circus march. Turn of the century popular melodies in “Themes Like Old Times” will contrast with Rossini’s exciting “William Tell Overture” and the Italian street dances “Fandango” and “Tarentella.”

Patriotic music, including a performance of the award-winning Marlyn Majorettes, will delight with a finale of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and fireworks.

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