The Kishwaukee Concert Band will open its 12th season at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Boutell Memorial Hall at Northern Illinois University.
“Fall Changes” will be directed by Dave Lehman and Gene Vanden Bosch, with a special appearance by retired director, John Hansen. Supporting the band are the DeKalb County Community Foundation and the Mary E. Stevens Concert & Lecture Fund.
After the opening “Star Spangled Banner,” Lehman will conduct William Latham’s “Brighton Beach” concert march. “A Copland Tribute” will be conducted by Vanden Bosch. The well-known “Guadalcanal March” from “Victory at Sea” will follow.
Elizabeth “Beth” Wilkins will be the alto sax soloist for “Harlem Nocturne.” Wilkins is originally from the St. Louis area, earning a Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a master’s degree from University of Illinois. She was a band director in both Illinois and Indiana before pursuing a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has performed with many different wind ensembles and jazz bands, as well as the St. Louis Symphony and Alton Municipal Band. She also won a St. Louis Young Artist Recital competition. Wilkins is a full professor at NIU in the Department of Leadership, Education Psychology and Foundations where she teaches courses in curriculum, instruction and teacher leadership.
The concert also will include selections from “The King and I,” “Looney Tunes Overture” and “Overture for Winds.”
The family of Maxine Stoddard of Malta is sponsoring this concert, along with a donation to the Kishwaukee Concert Band. Maxine loved music and she was very proud of being the first president of the Malta Music Boosters when John Hansen came to the Malta schools as the band and choral director. The band will play “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” in her memory.
Hansen will end the concert with the ever-popular Sousa march, “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
The concert is free and the building is handicapped accessible.
For more information about this concert or how to sponsor a concert, call Sue at 815-899-4867, find the band on Facebook or visit www.kishconcertband.org.
The next concert will be Dec. 18.