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Doing anything for a century is a feat.

The same goes for the Kenosha Pops Concert Band.

As the Official City of Kenosha Band prepares to launch its historic 100th season, Music Director Craig Gall has shared this season’s schedule.

“The Kenosha Pops Concert Band‘s 100th anniversary season will take you on a weekly musical retrospective of all the decades of the band’s existence,” said Gall.

All concerts are held at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell in Pennoyer Park starting at 7 p.m., unless otherwise specified:

Wednesday, June 15: Celebrating our founding years: the Roaring 20s

Pre-concert entertainment: The Dave Braun Trio (6:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 22: The Great American Songbook – The 1930s

Guest singer: Lou Rugani

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Pre-concert entertainment: The Hungry Five (6:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 29: Tribute to Big Bands and the 1940s

Special Guests: The Hartland Community Band

Sunday July 3: Pops A “Float” in the Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade

Monday, July 4: Independence Day Concert, from 4 p.m.

Pre-concert entertainment: Racine’s Lighthouse Brigade Band

Wednesday July 6: Patriotic Pops from the Shell

Wednesday July 13: Music from the 50s and 60s

Pre-concert entertainment: Bone Appetit

Wednesday July 20: Space: The Final Frontier, plus music from the 70s and 80s

Guest artist: Marty Erickson, tuba

Wednesday July 27: “On the road to our second century” — The Wild West, the 1990s and beyond!

Wednesday August 3: Bis! Bis! – A night of this season’s favorites

The roughly 65-piece band, which includes recent high school graduates and a player who first joined the Pops in 1945, meets each season to perform free concerts by Lake Kenosha.

Key elements to the band’s continued success are the support of the city and members of the public.

“I think it’s always good to remember that the City of Kenosha is a sponsor of this group and the whole city should be grateful for this continued commitment,” said Tom Frost, group member and chairman of the group’s board of directors. .

“Also, performing at a concert is so much more fun when there’s an audience to listen to and enjoy the music being played,” he added. “We have an incredibly loyal following that continues to support us, and we greatly appreciate them.”

Even after 100 years, the band’s concerts are still capable of moving moments, both on and off stage.

“One of my favorite moments of each season is playing the Carmen Dragon arrangement of ‘America the Beautiful’ outside at dusk,” said Pops member Nancy Quist. “It always gives me goosebumps.”

Here’s to another season of high notes and goosebumps.


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