July 16 and 17

Good afternoon: It is warm outside, but not as “hot” as our band.

Our instrumental soloist this past week was John Gorecki with his clarinet. He is the music director at Sangamon Valley High School, directing bands and choirs and, obviously, staying very busy during the school year.

John played music from The Terminal and then HIS VERY OWN arrangement of a jazzy blues number Little Suede Shoes. FANTASTIC!!!

Our soloist was the guy with the mellow, easy-to-listen to voice, Chris Riley. Chris was a park singer for some time in the late 80’s and now he isa CPA andworks at ADM. His Manilow, Sinatra, Sedaka medleys were GREAT....but I LOVED “When I Fall in Love”.  SIGH! Thanks for joining us, Chris.

Monday night was “interesting” to say the least. Storm? No storm. Perhaps storm?  NAH! Moving EAST !   Oh, dear, it’s coming right towards us, so let’s get as much of the program in as we can!!  Jim Culbertson was calm as usual, flipping those band and vocal numbers around with wild abandon!!!!!!!! BUT IT WORKED!  When the lightening appeared, we had MOST of the show in....and we quickly sent the audience home. PHEW!

On to next week.  Our instrumental soloist is Joe Tiemann from the trombone section. Joe has a Master’s degree in trombone performance and served as as a trombonist in the United State Marine Corps. He now performs with symphonies and pit orchestras among other things. 

Our vocalist is Molly Shade!!!! Pretty Molly has been singing with the muni band for 32 years, and we are always happy when she is with us. She is an astute performer who really know howto sell a song! She will be singing the music from the musicals Gigi ,Mary Poppins and Finian’s Rainbow.  Molly has held leads in Theatre 7 productions like “Oliver” and “Nunsense” and Cabaret. She also is a pro at Cabaret performances. One is coming up August 17, so be sure to check it out!

....and the band marches on......some great music coming up again for next week.

Sunday: 6:00 –7:00 Nelson Park Big Pavilion

Monday: Under the stars at Downtown Central Park 7:00 – 9:00

AND!!! Next week we are continuing on the second part of The Decatur Municipal Band World Tour. We are heading out to Red Tail Run Golf Course  on Wednesday (please try to join us for this....bring your chairs)  It will be in the Pavilion.

Muni Band World Tour Concert

Date: Wednesday, July 19th

Time: 7:00- 8:00

Vocalist: Brenna Pfeiffer