Purdue Summer Band Concert moves to Lafayette’s Columbian Park
Broadway tunes, marches and light classics create an eclectic summer musical mix, reminiscent of John Philip Sousa famed park concerts, when the Purdue Summer Concert Band performs on Tuesday, July 16.
In Sousa style, the 6 p.m. concert will take place on the stage of Columbian Park’s Memorial Island Amphitheater in Lafayette. Usually held at Purdue’s Slayter Center, the concert was moved to Lafayette because of construction in the Slayter area.
Admission is free.
The concert also kicks off the Columbian Park Zoo’s annual “Zoo Run Run” weekend which features a 5K run and walk on July 19 and is sponsored by the Friends of the Columbian Park Zoo.
There will be the familiar beat of parade music at the concert courtesy of “March Grandioso” by Roland Seita, samba rhythms contributed by “Carnaval in Sao Paulo” by James Barnes and upbeat Broadway in Marc Shaiman’s “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from “Hairspray.”
The mix continues with percussion seasoning in “Arabian Dances” by Brian Balmages, jazz undertones in Frank Erickson’s “Sonatina for Band” and whimsy in “What’s Up at the Symphony,” a collection of Looney Tunes melodies arranged by Jerry Brubaker.
It also features “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni, “Whistler and His Dog by Arthur Prior and Shostakovich’s romantic “Waltz No. 2” arranged by James Curnow.
Purdue’s Summer Concert Band, directed by Matt Conaway and Ishbah Cox, is made up of Purdue students, faculty and staff along with musicians from the community and local high schools.The concert is sponsored by Purdue Bands and Orchestras which offers a variety of free jazz, concert band and orchestral offerings throughout the year.