Community invited to learn band’s future plans

Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 10:48 a.m. CDT

Kirk Lundbeck, director of the DeKalb Municipal Band, the oldest municipal band in Illinois, will be the guest speaker at tonight’s DeKalb Kiwanis Club meeting. The public is invited.

Lundbeck will discuss the remaining summer concert series and plans for the band’s 160th celebration scheduled for Dec. 14.

Having performed with the band since his Sycamore High Band days, Lundbeck will share his unique perspective as trombonist and now director.  

The band’s unique historical and cultural contributions of the past 160 years to DeKalb and surrounding areas has set the standard for the band’s vision of the future. 

Some of the band’s projects include investing in DeKalb County youth via the Palmer Music Scholarship Program; creating themed summer programs; enriching listening experience via announcer engaging audience with historical facts of music being performed; inviting families to various summer concerts; repairing the band’s extensive library; diversifying repertoire with recent popular and band music; expanding guest vocalist and arrangements; opening rehearsal night to families to see musicians at practice; and providing more area professionals access to perform.

Jim Morel, president of DeKalb Kiwanis Club will convene the community series at 6 p.m. at the DeKalb Elks Club, 209 S. Annie Glidden Road. Those who would like to dine with the group at 5:30 p.m., should call Morel at 815-501-9985. The meeting concludes at 6:45 p.m. with a question-and-answer session until 7 p.m.

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