Future Schedule
06/18/2024Concert #2 "High School Student Night"

"High School Student Night,” including HS student musicians and local HS band directors Stephenie Grasso and Brittney Dickson as guest conductors

06/25/2024Concert #3 "Patriotic Concert"

Patriotic Concert, including William V. Johnson, world-renowned guest conductor and clinician

07/02/2024NO CONCERT
07/09/2024Concert #4 "John Williams Night"

John Williams Night featuring favorites including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Harry Potter, and Superman. 

07/16/2024Concert #5 Featuring Royal Lancers Drumline

 Featuring Royal Lancers Drumline

07/23/2024Concert #6 Season Finale
Past Schedule
06/11/2024Concert #1 Premiere Concert with special guest Thomas Jöstlein

Premiere Concert with special guest Thomas Jöstlein, Associate Principal French Horn, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 

Celebration Fanfare …..…………...…..…..Gary Gackstatter
Choose Joy ………………………..….…..Randall Standridge
Spring From the Seasons…………….....Vivaldi Arr. Cacavas
On the Loop ………………………..…….………. Joe Pappas
Saint’s Hallelujah …………………..…..Arr. Michael Brown
INTERMISSION
Sur Les Cimes ………………….……....Arr. Thomas Jöstlein
La Grande Messe ………….……..…….Arr. Thomas Jöstlein
Saxophonia ………...…………….…..……..…..Stephen Bulla
Symphonic Highlights from Frozen ….....Arr. Stephen Bulla
On the Mall ………………….……..Edwin Franko Goldman

Guest Artist,Thomas Jöstlein has played French Horn Associate Principal Horn with the St. Louis Symphony since 2010 and enjoys an active and varied musical life. He has also played French horn and alphorn with the U City Summer Band for a number of years. From 2007-09, Jöstlein was the New York Philharmonic's Assistant Principal Horn, playing all positions, including Associate Principal and Third Horn. Previously, he held positions with the Honolulu, Omaha, Richmond, and Kansas City symphony orchestras, and performed in summer festivals in Oregon, Ohio, Colorado, and North Carolina. He has served as Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Illinois. An active soloist, Jöstlein won First Prize in the professional division of the American Horn Competition in 2003 and the Grand Prize at the Hugo Kauder Music Compeition at Yale University in 2005. In 2014, he appeared with his French Horn colleagues in the St. Louis Symphony as a soloist on Schumann's Concertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra, op. 86. Thomas Jöstlein lives in University City with wife and fellow horn player Tricia and sons Klaus and Max. 

07/25/20237pm, Concert #6 ~ Final concert of the season!


At Intermission, celebrate the centennial of the University City Parks. Mayor Terry Crow will honor the University City Parks and Recreation staff!

The University City Parks Centennial Committee will award three top winners to school age kids who completed the University City Parks Scavenger Hunt. In addition, the Fire & Ice Cream Truck will have limited free ice cream for attendees.  Both the Scavenger Hunt and the Fire & Ice Cream Truck are sponsored by the Parks Centennial. 

Celebration Fanfare.....Gary Gackstatter
Two Moods for Band.....Clare E. Grundman
Great Locomotive Chase.....Robert W. Smith
23 Skidoo March.....Ken Whitcomb
**Black Horse Troop.....John Philip Sousa
**Balladair.....Frank Erickson
Sorcerer's Apprentice.....Paul Dukas; arr James Curnow
When Summer Takes Flight.....Robert W. Smith
On the Mall March.....Edwin Franko Goldman

**Guest Conductor Dr. Dale E. Skornia is Professor Emeritus at Ferris State University (FSU), Big Rapids, Michigan. His duties at FSU included the music directorship of West Central Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Band and serving as the Faculty Director of the Athletic Pep Band. He continues to conduct and play saxophone frequently with area ensembles. Dr. Skornia holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree (1980) from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Music degree (1993) from Wichita State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2004) from Arizona State University. He enjoys snow skiing, bicycling, and is an FAA licensed Private Pilot.

07/18/20237pm, Concert #5 ~ Special Guests: University City High School Jazz Band 40th Reunion with Trumpeter Wayne Du Maine!


Special Guests: University City High School Jazz Band 40th Reunion (Class of 1983) with Trumpeter Wayne Du Maine!

Celebration Fanfare.....Gary Gackstatter
Amparito Roca, Spanish March.....Jaime Texidor
Irish Tune from County Derry……arr Percy Grainger
Chorale and Shaker Dance.....John P. Zdechlik
Into the Storm.....Robert W. Smith
A Trumpeter's Lullaby.....Leroy Anderson; arr Philip J. Lang
St. Louis Blues.....W. C. Handy; arr Sammy Nestico
Killer Joe.....Benny Gols; arr John Higgins
Spain.....Chick Corea; arr Gene Gjesvold
On the Mall March.....Edwin Franko Goldman

University City Summer Band Joined By UCHS Alumni for Free Concert

In conjunction with University City High School 40th Reunion, renowned trumpeter
Wayne du Maine and others playing with University City Summer Band at special concert

 

University City MO: The University City Summer Band will welcome nine University City High School alumni as guest performers at its concert in Heman Park on Tuesday, July 18th. This special event is scheduled in conjunction with the 40th reunion of the UCHS Class of 1983. Several of the returning musicians are members of that class.

 

All the guest musicians were members of the University City High School Jazz Band under director John Brophy, who is also returning as guest conductor.

 

The University City High School Jazz Band played in Europe in the summer of 1983, with concerts in Paris and the Montreux Jazz Festival.

 

The concert will feature trumpeter Wayne du Maine. Other guests include Carlton Anderson (trumpet), John Casmier (drums), Debbie Chase (alto sax), Andrew Conway (trombone) plays musicals for the New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Carl Glad (percussion), Melissa Fathman (piano), Harry Miller (piano), Bryan Tate (bass), and Todd Williams (tenor saxophone).

 

Other alumni are regular members of the University City Summer Band, including April Silverman (trumpet, UCHS class of ‘85).

 

Some of the returning musicians pursued professional musical careers, others continue to play as a hobby and creative outlet. For all, their experience at U. City set them up for a lifetime of rewarding musical endeavors. “Wherever life has taken me, I’ve found groups to play with and I continue to grow and develop as a musician. I owe a big part of who I am as a person to my experience with the Jazz Band,” says Andrew Conway, an trombonist who plays regularly with many Boston area groups, including a wind ensemble, a jazz band, a klezmer band, and several musical theater companies.

 

Guest Artist Wayne Du Maine (soloist) and player with the 40th Reunion of the University City High Jazz Band. Wayne J. Du Maine is a 1983 graduate of University City High School and previously played with the University Summer Band in 2019. Wayne is a faculty member at Columbia and Princeton Universities. He has been a featured soloist with orchestras of St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Pittsburg. Recordings include the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, commercials, motion picture soundtracks and Prince. At the Juilliard School, Wayne teaches trumpet in the Music Advancement Program and serves as a teaching assistant in the Instrumental Music Program. He is also on the conducting faculty of the Elisabeth Morrow Summer Strings and now is Music Director of the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble at the Elisabeth Morrow School.

 

Guest Conductor John Brophy recently retired from the Muny, where he played percussion for 44 years. A graduate of Affton High School and alumnus of Washington University and SIU Edwardsville, John influenced a generation of young musicians as teacher and music program head at many St. Louis area secondary schools including Parkway North High School, John Burroughs School, and University City High School.

 

University City Summer Band Director Danny Lewis has spent the past seven years teaching at McCluer High School in the Ferguson Florissant School District and currently serves as the District Fine Arts Coordinator. Prior to that, he taught band at Mark Twain Jr/Sr High School for three years before returning to the St. Louis area. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Truman State University. When he isn't teaching or waving his arms in front of a band or playing trumpet, Danny can be found building guitars and ukuleles in his basement. Danny is excited to join the University City Summer Band as musical director for the 2023 season!

 

For more information contact April Silverman at [email protected].

07/11/20237pm, Concert #4 ~ University City Summer Band Concert

Celebration Fanfare…..Gary Gackstatter
Captain American March.....Alan Silvestri; arr Michael Brown
Second Prelude (from "Three Preludes").....George Gershwin; arr John Krance
Electricity (Race Around the Circuit).....Brian Balmages
Trailblazers.....Victor López
Danzon.....Leonard Berstein; arr John Krance
Autumn Leaves.....Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prevert, Joseph Kosma; arr Alfred Reed
How to Train Your Dragon.....John Powell; arr Sean O'Loughlin
Take Five.....Paul Desmond; arr Charles Sayre
On the Mall….Edwin Franko Goldman

07/04/2023NO CONCERT!!
06/27/20237pm, Concert #3 ~ Special guests: St. Boogie Brass Band!


Special guests: St. Boogie Brass Band, New Orleans style brass band in concert with UCity Summer Band! 

Celebration Fanfare…..Gary Gackstatter
America the Beautiful.....arr Claude T. Smith
Armed Forces Salute.....arr Bob Lowden
Blues for a Killed Kat.....Jack End; arr Frederick Fennell
*Let's Get It.....St. Boogie Brass Band
*Keep it Movin'.....St. Boogie Brass Band
*St. Louis Blues March.....WC Handy
The Stars and Stripes Forever.....John Phillip Sousa
On the Mall….Edwin Franko Goldman
 
*Guest Artist: St. Boogie Brass Band, Saint Boogie Brass Band was formed in 2011 and is made up of music educators and exceptional amateur musicians coming from a variety of different backgrounds, the members of SBBB share a mutual passion and love for the creation of music. The band employs the power of horns and percussion in a funky party-like atmosphere. Blends of Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues and Funk always bring the audience to their feet or dancing in their seats. The group has strong ties with the St. Louis area and enjoy a loyal St. Louis fanbase.
06/20/20237pm, Concert #2 ~ Student Night!


Welcome to the High School students joining this concert! 

Celebration Fanfare…..Gary Gackstatter
Adrenaline Engines…..Randall D. Standridge
Till Earth and Heaven Ring…..arr Ayatey Shabazz
Wii Song (Mii Menu)…..arr Michael Stewart
The Incredibles…..Michael Giacchino; arr Paul Murtha
Flight of the Thunderbird…..Richard L. Saucedo
Remember Me, from Coco…..Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez; arr Johnnie Vinson
The Avengers…..Alan Silvestri; arr Michael Brown
On the Mall….Edwin Franko Goldman

06/13/20237pm, Concert #1 ~ First Concert! Led by new conductor, Danny Lewis!


1st concert of the season, led by new conductor, Danny Lewis!

Celebration Fanfare…..Gary Gackstatter
Spirit of the Falcon…..Richard L. Saucedo
Irish Tune from County Derry……arr Percy Grainger
The Genius of Ray Charles…..arr Michael Brown
Delmar Gardens March….Ernest Natiello; arr Joseph Pappas
Columbian March…..Karl L. King; arr Gene Milford
    
Guest Conductor James Wehrman
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Medley…..John Lennon & Paul McCartney; arr Michael Sweeney
     Guest Conductor James Wehrman
The Lion King…..arr John Higgins
On the Mall….Edwin Franko Goldman

GUEST CONDUCTOR, James Wehrman is a long-time member of the musical community in St. Louis, having joined the St. Louis Symphony as a member of the French horn section in 1987.  He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree from Indiana University, where he studied with the legendary Philip Farkas. Prior to coming to St. Louis, he held the position of Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and also performed with the Lincoln Symphony and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. As a horn player, Jim has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, the Grand Tetons Festival, the National Repertoire Orchestra and others, and his teaching tenure includes adjunct positions with Southeast Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is currently Music Director of the AIM Band in Kirkwood, sings in the choir at First Presbyterian Church, and is an administrator for Chamber Music Society of St. Louis.

 

 

 

 

 

07/26/2022FINAL Concert #6 @ Heman Park; 7pm
Eric Setzer/David Jones Guest Artist Fund Concert

Celebration Fanfare!......... Gary Gackstatter
St. Louis Blues March........ W.C. Handy/Burgett
Children of Sanchez........... Chuck Mangione/Bocci
      Bryan Foote, Guest Artist, Flugelhorn and Trumpet
A Pig Went Out to Dig...... Percy Grainger/Gackstatter
     Gary Gackstatter, Guest Conductor
Blues Brother Revue..........Arr. Jay Bocook
Americana.................................Gackstatter
     Gary Gackstatter, Guest Conductor
Embraceable You..................George & Ira Gershwin/Barker
     Bryan Foote, Bryan Foote, Guest Artist, Trumpet and Vocals
Z’s Blues..................................... John P. Zdechlik
     Bryan Foote and Friends
On the Mall................................Edwin Franko Goldman
 
GUEST ARTIST, TRUMPET/FLUGELHORN/VOCALS, Bryan Foote started playing the trumpet in 5th grade, because one of his best childhood friends was a hotshot trumpeter, and Bryan wanted to be cool, like his suave older friend. He’s now been at the “coil of torture” for nearly 22 years (straight!), and he’s still hopelessly uncool, but now, he can sort-of play the trumpet well, and he also sings. He’s peddled this latent uncoolness in dozens of bands around the St. Louis Area, had a year way up in frigid Chicago, and had a couple stints being lame on Cruise Ships (Holland America, with the BB King Blues Club Band). Bryan is a studio recording artist, improvisor, and musical arranger of certain repute. He has recently began frequenting musical theatre pit orchestras, having put his calling-cards in two World Premiers (“Elvis: The Musical”; “Karate Kid:The Musical”), and is minty-fresh from handling “Matilda: The Musical” at COCA. Please come enjoy his life’s work.
 
GUEST CONDUCTOR/COMPOSER, Gary Gackstatter, is an active artist, composer, conductor, performer, and teacher, and currently conducts the symphonic band and orchestra at St. Louis Community College at Meramec. Before coming to Missouri, Gackstatter built outstanding music programs in Oklahoma and Kansas public schools, at Southwestern and Cowley Colleges in Kansas, and directed bands at Wichita State University. He won the 2006 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Multi-Genre Artist. His creative output includes five symphonies combining the arts, several recordings of original music for voice and guitar, the book Pen and Ink, featuring his artwork and writings, and many works for band and orchestra published by C Alan Publications. He was commissioned by the UCity Summer Band to compose Celebration Fanfare! in 2016 for the band’s 20th anniversary season.
07/19/2022Concert #5 @ Heman Park; 7pm

Celebration Fanfare!.........Gary Gackstetter
Commando March............Samuel Barber/Curnow
As Summer Was Just Beginning..........Larry Daehn
Coat of Arms........................George Kenny
      Ron Stilwell, Guest Conductor
Armory....................................Dakota Pederson
Ragged Rozey....................Karl King/Boyd
Swing the Mood...............Arr Michael Sweeney
A Cohan Salute.................Arr Hawley Ades
On the Mall........................Edwin Franko Goldman

GUEST CONDUCTOR, Ron Stilwell, retired from Meramec Community College in 2003, after 35 years as the founder and coordinator of the instrumental music contingent of the college’s music department. As a clarinet major, Dr. Stilwell received a bachelor of science in music education degree from The Ohio State University and master of music in wind instrument performance and doctor of musical arts in clarinet performance degrees at The University of Michigan. In 1968, Dr. Stilwell accepted a position at the (then) new Meramec Community College in St. Louis, Missouri, with the responsibility of forming an instrumental music program. As a result of his efforts, both the symphonic and jazz bands have earned recognition for their excellence and maturity of performance, including a combined total of four invitations to perform at Missouri Music Educators Association state conferences. Dr. Stilwell has served as clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, and guest soloist. During his retirement, he has enjoyed guest conducting and completing band transcriptions of orchestral scores, including a performance of The British Grenadiers in 2015 and Midsummer Vigil in 2018 with the University City Summer Band.