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Next DeKalb Municipal Band concert is for the children

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Barb McCaskey

The DeKalb Municipal Band will present the second annual Children’s Concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Dee Palmer Band Shell at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb. This special program features vocalist Barb McCaskey, Marilyn’s Majorettes, the entire trumpet section and a special visit from a furry character.

Barb McCaskey has performed in theaters including Stagecoach Players in DeKalb, Steel Beam Theater in St. Charles and New American Theater and Clocktower Theater in Rockford. Her favorite roles include Eva Peron in “Evita,” Mary in “Merrily We Roll Along,” The Witch and the Baker’s Wife in “Into The Woods,” The Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and as Joannie in the Stage Coach production of “Company.” This is her second appearance on stage with the DeKalb Municipal Band.

McCaskey will be addressing a personal audience of clowns as she sings “Be a Clown,” then “I Dreamed a Dream“ from the 2012 box office hit “Les Miserables” and concluding with “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” from “Toy Story.”

Little and big listener’s alike will remember visions from the Silver Screen with music from “The Incredibles,” “Up,” “Ratatouille,” “Cars,” “Toy Story,” “Harry Potter” and “Frozen.”

“The Trumpeter’s Lullaby” will feature the entire trumpet section, including John Armstrong, Phil Whaley, Milt Olson, Michael Duffy, Greg Archer, Brian Balika, Garth Anderson and Mike Swope. Trumpets will sound the fanfare for Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys.” 

Marilyn’s Clowns will perform a twirling routine to Henry Fillmore’s famous “The Circus Bee” march. Listeners will hear the overture to Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra,” from an opera about a servant girl who is accused of stealing silver, when the real culprit turns out to be a bird.

A special furry visitor will invite the children to join her in “Teddy Bears’ Picnic.” Everyone attending will be the stars in singing and whistling Edwin Franko Goldman‘s participation march “On the Mall.” And look out for the dog catcher when Phil Whaley’s solo barking is answered by the entire dog pound with Arthur Pryor‘s “Whistler and His Dog.”

Admission is free. Bench seating is available or bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. DeKalb Municipal Band concerts are sponsored by the city of DeKalb and the DeKalb Park District.

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