July 2 and July 3 (4th of July Celebration)

How is it possible to have such incredible weather the end of JUNE?????  Sunday evening in Nelson Park was beautiful. Monday, TOO!  Well, at least until the rain clouds drifted in and we had to do an hour program and then leave fast because of the rain! We had a GREAT enthusiastic crowd for the Monday concert!

Our instrumental soloist was Mike McDonald. He played Vaxuosity and then was joined by Philip Tsigolaroff and Chris Strong to play Leroy Anderson’s “Bugler’s Holiday”. They and the band did a fantastic job on my favorite Leroy Anderson piece. 

Our soloist this week was the ever-powerful Zach Garrett with the tremendous voice!  . His “Lennon/McCartney Portrait was really special. Also his Tribute to Harold Arlen! (These were on Sunday evening. Harold Arlen wrote songs you know ( like all of the music for The Wizard of Oz).  On Monday night ( because we had to shorten things) Zach sang a medley of Gospel favorites like “Peace in the Valley” and the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber which was beyond WORDS it was so wonderful!  THAT was obviously an audience favorite.  Zach is everywhere around Decatur performing and we are always glad when he joins us!

When we went on “The Muni band World Tour” on Wednesday, we played at the Overlook Golf course, and the band was nestled in a corn bin.  It created a wonderful sound! That was so much fun, and I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm for how GREAT the band sounded.

Our musicians individually are talented and dedicated and they love playingmusic....and together they make one incredible BAND!!!! Then, throw in Jim Culbertson and it all works!

Moving on:  Next week is our Fourth of July Celebration.

Our Vocalist is the ever-so-talented Ann Borders who has taught at Millikin for 17 years so far. Besides singing with us this weekend, she will singing with the Millikin/Decatur symphony orchestra fortheir Labor Day Concert in Central Park on September 4th at 6:00.  Put that on your calendars!

Ann will be carrying a BIG load for the Muni this weekend. From “Irving Berlin’s America” to John Williams “America...The Dream Goes on.”... to the Music of George M. Cohan to “the Battle Hymn of the Republic”, “God Bless America”  and more, her voice will light up our concerts. If you have heard Ann Borders sing anything, you know exactly what I am talking about.

Our band has some awesome music for you, especially John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever”.  AND, the band also plays the music of all the branches of service for our Armed Services Salute and we salute our veterans!!!!!!

Oh, I do so love this patriotic concert. LET FREEDOM RING!!!

Hope you can wear your red, white and blue and join us:

Sunday, Fairview Park 6:00 – 7:00 rain or shine

Monday night Central Park 7:00 – 9:00 under the stars!   

As always, thanks for your continuing support. We appreciate it!


Emcee Shirley