Peoria Municipal Band
The Spirit of '76 . . . our 76th season!
You can see the complete 2013 Peoria Municipal Band Concert Schedule by clicking on the link at the left titled "2013 Concert Schedule." For soloists, themes and more information about each concert click on "This Week's Programs".
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. Sunday performances are in the Glen Oak Amphitheater and Wednesday evening performances are in the Warehouse District near the Peoria Post Office. Seating is provided or you can bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. The concerts are free and open to people of all ages! They are a terrific family event!