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Please join us at Heman Park in 2016 for our Platinum Anniversary season as we celebrate 20 years of hits in University City.


At University City
2016 concerts will take place in Heman Park (Midland & Shaftesbury Entrance)
Rain or Shine rain walk In case of rain, performances will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church
6800 Washington Ave, University City, MO 63130
Enter from the Kingsland side.




Upcoming Concerts


Concert #3-June 28: Celebrating 20 years of…. Patriotic Concerts

The U City Summer Band will honor those who have served our country with a Patriotic Concert on June 28. Notable American folk melodies will blend with patriotic favorites including The Battle Hymn of the Republic, America the Beautiful, Stars, The Stripes Forever and a tribute to the members of our armed services.

Fanfare and Processional...................................................... Robert Curnow

Americans We....................................................................... Henry Fillmore

Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair....................... Arr. James Ployhar

Dixieland Jam................................................................... John Warrington

Battle Hymn Of The Republic.................................. Julia Ward Howe/Smith

An American Fanfare................................................................... Rick Kirby

Armed Forces Salute........................................................... Arr. Bob Lowden

Rushmore.................................................................................. Alfred Reed
Grant Unnerstall, Guest Conductor

The Stars and Stripes Forever.......................................... John Philip Sousa

On The Mall March.................................................. Edwin Franko Goldman

 

Guest Conductor Grant Unnerstall, received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (2014) from Illinois State University and his Master’s degree in Musicology (2016) from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. His research on 20th and 21st century music has been presented at multiple academic conferences including Illinois State University’s “Benjamin Britten at 100: An American Centenary Symposium,” the University of Florida’s “Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium,” and the University of Michigan’s “Ann Arbor Symposium IV: Teaching and Learning Popular Music.” Additionally, Grant has studied applied trombone with Dr. Mark Babbitt and Professor Tim Conner as well as instrumental conducting with Dr. Joseph Manfredo and Professor Gary Green. He has recently relocated to his hometown of St. Louis, MO where he works at Nottelmann Music Company and continues to perform with the Ambassadors of Swing and the University City Summer Band.

NO CONCERT; July 5. 2016

Concert #4-July 12: Celebrating 20 years of…. Our History

The U City Summer Band will celebrate our history with the debut of a new opening fanfare by local composer Gary Gackstatter. Featured will be several favorites that have been performed over the last 20 years and two other compositions by Gary Gackstatter. Dan Presgrave, who led the band for the first three years will be a guest conductor and a selection from the year 2002 will be dedicated to Ken Thompson who conducted the band from 2000-2002. Unfortunately, Ken is unable to be present for this concert.

Fanfare – Title TBA............................................................ Gary Gackstatter

Delmar Garden March............................................ Ernesto Natallio/Pappas

Lustspiel Overture....................................................................... Bela Keler

On A Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss..................................... Arr. David Holsinger
In honor of Ken Thompson
Director UCity Summer Band 2000-2002

Red Cloud................................................................................... Bill Archer

Gateway Overture............................................................. Gary Gackstatter
Gary Gackstatter, Guest Composer/Conductor

Third Suite For Band: II. Waltz................................................ Robert Jaeger

Light Cavalry Overture......................................... Franz von Suppe/Fillmore
Dan Presgrave, Guest Conductor
Director UCity Summer Band 1997-1999

Tally Ho!........................................................... Joseph Bernstein/Meyrelles

On The Mall March.................................................. Edwin Franko Goldman

Concert #5-July 19: Celebrating 20 years of…. Guest Conductors
 
Local and nationally-renowned conductors join the U City Summer Band each year, bringing expertise and challenging new repertoire to the University City community. Conductors from within the band have also been featured. On July 19 Erica Neidlinger, Conductor of the De Paul (Chicago) University Wind Ensemble and band member Dale Skornia (Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan) will lead the band. A brand new composition by local composer and conductor Jared Spears will also be included at this concert.
 

Fanfare – Title TBA............................................................ Gary Gackstatter

Them Basses........................................................................... G. H. Huffine

Carnival of Venice................................................. Herbert L. Clarke/Domek
Tony Kniffen, Tuba
Principal Tuba, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Shenandoah.................................................................... Arr. Frank Tichelli
Erica Neidlinger, Guest Conductor
De Paul University Wind Ensemble

A Gershwin Tribute To Love............................... George Gershwin/Heisinger
Dale Skornia, Guest Conductor
Ferris State University

Third Suite For Band: I. March............................................... Robert Jaeger

Winds Of Change..................................................................... Jared Spears

English Suite.................................................................... Claire Grundman
Erica Neidlinger, Guest Conductor

Gallop...................................................................................... Gregg Gilroy

On The Mall March.................................................. Edwin Franko Goldman

Concert #6-July 26 Celebrating 20 years of…. Guest Composers and our Future

Area composers have been very generous with their talents over the years and have provided the UCity Summer Band with many new compositions. This concert will feature a new march dedicated to the UCity Summer Band by Joe Pappas and a recent composition by Franklin Haspiel, a retired High School band director from St. Louis. The music of Claude T. Smith has been an important part of the band’s repertoire and Claude’s daughter, Pam Smith-Kelly, has made two appearances as a guest conductor. Pam recently donated five of Claude’s compositions to the band and has agreed to return in 2017 for her third appearance. We will head to the future by closing the season with Claude T. Smith’s dramatic Flourish and Hymn of Praise.

Fanfare – Title TBA............................................................ Gary Gackstatter

March Indepentia......................................................................... R. B. Hall

Third Suite For Band: III. Rondo.............................................. Robert Jaeger
David Naylor, Guest Conductor

Iditarod...................................................................................... Joe Pappas
Joe Pappas, Guest /Composer/Conductor

Honduran Adventure.......................................................... Franklin Haspiel
Franklin Haspiel, Guest /Composer/Conductor

March – Title TBA....................................................................... Joe Pappas
Joe Pappas, Guest /Composer/Conductor

Beguine for Band...................................................................... Glenn Osser
Bette Welch, Guest Conductor

Flourish and Hymn of Praise............................................... Claude T. Smith

Gallop………………………………………………..Gregg Gilroy

On The Mall March.................................................. Edwin Franko Goldman

Latest News

NEW LOCATION for 2016 Concerts

2016 concerts will take place in Heman Park (Midland & Shaftesbury Entrance)
"...exactly what a community band ought to be..." audience comment during the 2004 season

"It was terrific to get to hear such a fine band, and so close to our house. I loved how the balance was great, the blend was lovely, and you got them to play dynamics(!)." comment during the 2011 season, by Thomas Jostlein, Associate Principal French Horn, St. Louis Symphony, from the 2011 season

The 100-member (give or take) UCity Summer Band is... Light Classics, Marches, Patriotic Music, Show Tunes, Transcriptions, Popular Music, Jazz, and Original Music for Band.

Concerts will be held at our new venue in Heman Park, 1028 Midland Blvd, University City, MO 63130 (park entrance is off Midland, opposite Shaftesbury).

All concerts start at 7PM, last about 80 minutes, and include a short intermission. Seating is on the lawn. Bring a lawn chair or blanket as available seating is limited. Bring your children! Bring a picnic!

For our last piece each concert, we play "On the Mall." Children are invited to come up to the front and conduct the band and receive their very own UCity Summer Band pencil!