Peoria Municipal Band
The concert season begins June 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Glen Oak Park. You can view the complete 2014 Peoria Municipal Band Concert Schedule by clicking on the link at the left titled "2014 Concert Schedule."
The Peoria Municipal Band was formed in 1937 through the efforts of Local 26 of the American Federation of Musicians and interested citizens. Prior to 1937 the band was a professional municipal band complete with management and "Soloists of National Reputation". Current band members come from all walks of life, many are currently music teachers in the local schools. They are selected by audition and then commit to a full season of rehearsals and performance. Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed their music since 1937. Today, with the support of the city, the band continues the long-standing tradition of excellence in music.
In 1960, the commission was able to save enough money to erect the band reflector in Glen Oak Park with the cooperation of the park board. It has since been named the Fred Huber Memorial Bandshell in honor of the former conductor's years of service to the band.
Each season the Peoria Municipal Band will play over 300 selections to an audience of thousands. Marches, showtunes, waltzes, novelties and even operatic literature is heard in the park. A soloist is featured at each concert and there are frequently numbers which feature the sections in the band.
Concerts are held every Sunday and Wednesday evening throughout the summer at 7:00 pm in the Glen Oak Amphitheater or in the Warehouse District on the Peoria Riverfront. There are park benches and tables and chairs or you can bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.
Parking is free and the concerts are free! They are a terrific family event!