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


Celebration Fanfare …..….…….....…..Gary Gackstatter
Ruckus …………………..…………. Randall Standridge
Honor Guard March ……...…………… Claude T Smith
Festival Prelude ……………………………. Alfred Reed
Shepherd’s Hey ……………..………….. Percy Grainger
INTERMISSION
Daft Punk Medley ………….………....Arr. Tom Wallace
Respect ... ………….....…….…..……...Arr. Tom Wallace
Soul Man …...………….…..….…...…..Arr. Tom Wallace
Bohemian Rhapsody…...…..…..…Arr. Richard Saucedo
On the Mall ………………..…..Edwin Franko Goldman

Guest Conductor Dr. David Wacyk serves as Director of Instrumental Activities and Assistant Teaching Professor of Music at University of Missouri-St. Louis. His scholarship focuses on the modernist wind music of Twentieth-century composers and has recently accepted invitations to present his research at CBDNA, New Music DC, WMEA, MMEA, and the CRR Conservatory in Paris. He is currently a finalist for the 2024 American Prize in Conducting for both the wind and orchestral divisions. Dr. Wacyk holds a D.M.A. and a M.M. in Conducting from University of Maryland, and a B.M. Education from Western Michigan University.

Guest Artist, The Royal Lancers is a St. Louis-based Drum and Bugle Corps that practices year round. Students participating in the Royal Lancers Drum Corps will learn music skills that exceed the grade level expectation (GLE) prescribed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) through rehearsal, private lessons and performance. The Drumline performs at parades and events around the St. Louis area.

07/23/2024Concert #6 Season Finale
Past Schedule
07/09/2024CANCELED DUE TO RAIN ~ Concert #4 "John Williams Night"

CANCELLED due to roof leak!

We are sorry we have to cancel, but we look forward to seeing you next week.

 

Due to rain, tonight's concert will be held at 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue, University City Missouri, 63130. 

Free parking is on the street or in the garage on Washington avenue.

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

Celebration Fanfare!.....Gary Gackstatter
John Williams in Concert.....Arr. by Paul Lavender
Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace.....Arr. by Michael Story
The Imperial Ma4rch (Darth Wader's Theme).....Arr. by Paul Murtha
Jurassic Park.....Arr. by Jay Bocook
The Patriot.....Arr. by John Moss
Hymn to the Fallen (Saving Private Ryan).....Arr. by Paul Lavender
Superman.....Arr. by Bill Holcombe
**Third Suite, Movements 1 March & 3 Rondo.....Robert E. Jager
On the Mall.....Edwin Franko Goldman

**Guest Conductor Tom Poshak received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. He retired in 2001 after a 30-year career as a high school band director. Mr. Poshak taught in the U.S. Virgin Islands, in Ladue, MO, and was the Band Director and Music Coordinator for the Kirkwood School District from 1985 until 2001. Under his direcetion the Ladue Symphonic Band performed at the MMEA convention in 1982 and the Kirkwood Symphonic Band received Honor I ratings at MSHSAA Festivals for 12 consecutive years. He has held offices in the Missouri Music Educator's Association, Phi Beta Mu and the St. Louis Suburban Music Educator's Association and is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Missouri Bandmaster's Association and Phi Mu Alpha. In 2001 he received the Music Educator of the Year award from the SLSMEA and in 2004 received the Hall of Fame Award. Mr. Poshak is the music director of the St. Louis Wind Symphony and serves as an adjudicator and clinician throughout Missouri. He directed the U City Summer Band from 2003 to 2022.

 

07/02/2024NO CONCERT
06/25/2024CANCELED DUE TO EXTREME HEAT ~ Concert #3 "Patriotic Concert"

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

Celebration Fanfare …..………..……...…..Gary Gackstatter
Star Spangled Banner ....................Francis Scott Key; Arr. John Stafford Smith
          (Special Guests Driveway Brass)
An American Fanfare……………..…………...... Rick Kirby
Armed Forces Salute ……………….....….….….Bob Lowden
First Suite…………………...………….…..……Gustav Holst
INTERMISSION
**Au Fond Du Temple Saint………....Georges Bizet; Arr. William V. Johnson
**When Summer Takes Flight ………….....…Robert W Smith
At A Dixieland Jazz Funeral…...…………...…..Jared Spears
Stars and Stripes Forever ……………..…John Phillip Sousa
On the Mall ……………….………..Edwin Franko Goldman

**Guest Conductor, William V. Johnson, Professor Emeritus at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, served as the university’s Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music from 1966 to 2010, 44 years. He is Past President of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). He also serves as a consultant for World Projects International Music Productions. As an arranger and transcriber of music for the wind band, Johnson’s works have been performed by wind bands from many countries. As a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician, Johnson has conducted wind ensembles and orchestras in the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Korea, Singapore, China, Hungary and Ireland. Among his many awards and honors, Mr. Johnson holds a Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Band Directors Association. We are excited to have welcome him to St. Louis!

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

Celebration Fanfare …..Gary Gackstatter
*Tribute and Triumph ….David Shaffer
Dark Night Suite ……...Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard; Arr. Victor Lopez
**Blue Ridge Reel ……....Brian Balmages
**The City of Lights……..Andrew Watkin
INTERMISSION
Stevie Wonder in Concert……Arr. Paul Murtha
Till Earth and Heaven Ring ....Arr. Ayatey Shabazz
Pixar Movie Magic…...……...Arr. Michael Brown
Gravity Falls ………….....…..Brad Breeck; Arr. Daniel Lewis
On the Mall ……………….....Edwin Franko Goldman

 

Student Night Guests

Mae Coleman—Alto Saxophone

Adam Darek—Trumpet

Corey Dixon—Trumpet

Colt Gates—Tenor Saxophone

Malik Helwani—Clarinet

Tristen Kirkman—Percussion

Aliseah Merridith—Trumpet

London Morrow—Trombone

Christian Patrick—Tuba

Tamekio Ross—Alto Saxophone

Gilia St Clair—Tenor Saxophone

Isa Tumminello—Alto Saxophone

Madison Wrinkle—Tenor Saxophone

 

*Guest Conductor Brittney Dickson is the Director of Bands at Jennings High School and has also been affiliated with the Riverview Gardens and University City School Districts. She holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership with Principal's Certification from Northwest Missouri State University and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Norfolk State University. Brittney is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc as well as Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women. Brittney has been an active member of the U City Summer Band over the last 8 years and has been instrumental in encouraging several talented high school students from Jennings to join the band for HS Student Night and pursue music at the collegiate level.

 

**Guest Conductor Stephenie Grasso is the Director of Bands and Music Department Chair at Grand Center Arts Academy. She began teaching in South Florida as the Associate Director of Instrumental Arts at The Kings Academy in 2017 and joined the faculty at GCAA in 2020. Under her leadership the band program has tripled in size, received its first ever straight superior rating, and has collaborated frequently with arts organizations such as the St Louis Symphony, Jazz St. Louis, and Opera Theater of St. Louis. In 2023 she was awarded the teacher of the year award for GCAA. Stephenie received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University as the Outstanding Graduate honoree for the college of Music and Arts in 2017. In 2022 she received her Masters in Music Education Degree from Vandercook College of Music.

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.