Kokomo Park Band has been bringing music to the community for more than a century.
The band is comprised of more than 130 musicians within a 90-mile radius of Kokomo and around 48 musicians take the stage each week for the summer series.
The Kokomo Park Band performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday evenings during the summer months in Highland Park.
There’s no admission cost, nor is there a cost for the popcorn served each week.
Those attending the shows are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs due to limited seating. In the event of rain, concerts will be moved to the Kokomo High School auditorium.
The 2019 Season Schedule:
June 12: “Smile, it’s Summer” featuring a spotlight on youth
June 19: “Side By Side” Concert with guest Conductor Matt Conaway and featuring trombonist John Huntoon. Concert will also feature outstanding high school musicians performing alongside the park band’s seasoned professionals of the KPB.
June 26: “Circus Days” will feature music for the big top and carnivals with special guests from the Peru Circus. Featuring tuba soloist William Schmidt.
July 3: “From Sea to Shining Sea” celebrates the Fourth of July featuring the Albert E. Shockey Marine Corps League Color Guard, vocalist Cody Kopka and the Kokomo Park Singers & the “Howard County Band Directors” Trumpet Trio. The program will recognize our military veterans and provide a musical tribute to our nation and its people. NOTE: Rain location for July 3 event will be Havens Auditorium on the Indiana University Kokomo campus.
July 10: “Big Band Night” with Guest Conductor “Mo” Trout featuring the KPB Swing Orchestra, a hybrid group of the region’s finest jazz musicians, and vocalists Cherresa Lawson and Gary Wallyn.
July 17: “Brass Band Night” will include music from the Civil War, Salvation Army Brass Bands and British Brass Bands and modern selections. At 7 p.m. there will be an instrument petting zoo for kids.
July 24: “The Great American Songbook” will feature the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and others, as well as the Retired Rum Runners Dixieland Jazz Band, the Kokomo Men of Note, vocal soloists and Saxophonist Neil Broeker.
July 31: “South of the Border” featuring trumpeter Bruce Knepper and music from Mexico, South America and the Caribbean.
For more information, visit www.kokomoparkband.org