Wheaton Municipal Band Welcomes Guest Conductor Jay Gephart, Director of Perdue University Bands

In the tradition of welcoming guest conductors to the podium, the Wheaton Municipal Band has invited Professor Jay S. Gephart to conduct the band on Thursday, July 21.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Park in downtown Wheaton.

Gephart is the director of groups at Purdue University in Indiana.

In addition to taking his band around the world, Gephart serves internationally as a clinician and guest conductor.

The musicians of the Wheaton Municipal Band are not only challenged to prepare a full concert in one rehearsal, but they must also quickly acclimatize to a new conductor and a different style of conducting.

After 43 years as musical director of the Wheaton Municipal Band, Dr. Bruce Moss knows how to use his limited rehearsal time and squeeze every last minute of playing time. It’s an art.

With a new conductor at the helm, the band sits on the edge of their seats and rises to the occasion.

For this concert, Gephart is programming audience favorites like von Suppe’s “Light Calvary Overture”.


This classic work highlights the audacity of the brass, the dexterity of the woodwinds and the dynamic contrast of the whole. Its thrilling orchestra-to-group transposition makes it a winner.

Two works by George Gershwin and two works by Alfred Reed balance the program.

Plus, there’s the Latin groove of Glen Osser’s “Begin the Beguine.” Nothing shakes people in their seats like a beguine. The shape is similar to a slow rumba and blasts the percussion.

There’s even Mancini’s “Pie in the Face Polka” from the movie “The Great Race.” It’s a fun polka that shows the humorous side of the band and the woodwind technique, especially the clarinets.

Arrive early and set up a lawn chair or take advantage of the new stadium seats.

For more information, visit the band’s website at www.wheatonmunicipalband.org.

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