This summer, we were treated to a series of concerts in Wheaton’s Memorial Park by the incredible Wheaton Municipal Band. We want to take a moment to thank Band Director Dr. Bruce Moss and all of their talented musicians for the consistently-outstanding performances throughout the season!

This summer marked the first time since the pandemic that the full-sized band performed for Wheaton residents and visitors on the new Memorial Park Bandshell stage. All 88 musicians never failed to amaze eager audience members of all ages with their impressive, full concert band sound.

From the season opener, which included band students from Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville-South High Schools, to favorite overtures by Rossini, Mendelssohn and von Suppe, to a tribute to composer Stephen Sondheim, what else could we have wanted? Well…there was the passionate Dr. Jay Gephart, Director of Bands at Purdue University, who is always a crowd pleaser.

As a finale, the closing concert finished the season strong with the 50th anniversary rendition of John Zdechlik’s popular Chorale and Shaker Dance. This was music that was reminiscent of the joy found in the simple gifts in life. The music of the Wheaton Municipal Band is truly a gift that the audience treasured all summer long! We look forward to their next summer concert series.