A community band wind ensemble non-profit. All concerts are held during summer months on Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm at the Stiner Pavilion Festival Grounds, Waukegan Harbor (next to the water plant) unless otherwise noted.
201 Seahorse Drive
Waukegan, IL 60085
The best concert hall on the Lake!
Our guests continue to tell us they enjoy the venue, (but the veterans dress for the natural air conditioning).
Do you have a parent, relative or friend in a nursing home? Would they enjoy our accessible concert grounds?
Have you got kids in need of a videogame alternative? Teach your children well.
Play an instrument? Interested in joining?
Go to the "Auditions" tab for information. What will you do with those hours of practice and lessons?
Volunteers are welcome to assist during our concerts and year round planning process; please use the "Contact Us" tab in the right-top toolbar above.
See our pictures, slideshows and videos on the "Photos/Videos" section under the "Multimedia" tab! Your audio/visual contributions are appreciated. Send us analog or digital photos of your family or friend's performance with dates, names and returned per your instructions. Former members, didn't your Mom find your musical tour de force photogenic? Former members, band groupies and audience, can you fill the voids on our photo/video collection from the early decades and the missing years? Have you got any old programs or band rosters that we might copy for a history file? Unique rehearsal or performance venues? Biographies of former directors? Longest-tenured musicians? We have generations of local musical talent to recognize. It's people making a difference in our community. For anyone who hasn't visited the Waukegan Beach or Harbor in a while, please note we have a four-part concert video to sample our summer efforts. And don't forget our Facebook or YouTube
pages...share your music enjoyment.
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."
Visit our website tabs "About" and "History" to read our story, or listen to our audio recordings on the "Audio Files" sections located under the "Multimedia" tab above. We're proud to share two original wind ensemble compositions there, one written by Joe Laird and the second, by Emma Joy Jampole, performed by the Waukegan Municipal Band.
Your mother and the weatherman were both right; it's cooler near the lake...
Thanks to the Zion-Benton High School Band Boosters for providing Waukegan Band lakefront concert concessions!
We're now selling "Tuesday Night Bags" (below)
The Waukegan Band
Free parking and admission,
Bring a lawn chair, picnic basket, friends,
neighbors and relatives and enjoy the music!
2015 80th Anniversary Summer Concert Series
Tuesday: June 09
"Season Opener, Waukegan Band Turns 80!"
Tuesday: June 16
"A Walk in the Woods"
Tuesday: June 23
Joint Concert with the Arlington Heights Community Band, directed by Mark Hengesh,
"Music in the Community"
** Sunday, June 28 "A Celebration of Americana," American Independence Day Parade and Festival, performing at Bowen Park, approximately 3PM following the parade **
Tuesday: June 30
"A Salute to Our Heroes"
Tuesday: July 07
Tuesday: July 14
(preceded by the Summer Youth Musicians from Waukegan)
"Shall We Dance?"
Tuesday: July 21
"Oldies But Goodies"
Tuesday: July 28
"Around the World in 80 Minutes"
Tuesday: August 04
"Stars of Stage, Screen and Disc"
Note that the Waukegan Park District "Art in the Park" program has assisted our Tuesday night lakefront concerts, contributing to our family-friendly experience. It's a hands-on kids art experience.
- Three of our band members were selected to perform in the 2014-2015 Illinois High School All-State Band! This is a very prestigious nomination for high school students, indicating they are some of the top high school musicians from across Illinois!
Congratulations to Justine Kerscher from Zion-Benton High School, Maddie Horvat from Warren High School, and Matthew Young from Warren High School. "Thank you" for sharing your talents!
- The Music Program at Waukegan High School ( a contributing program for our lakefront concerts) finished third among IHSA Class AA schools in Illinois in 2015. With a combined score of 883.5 points in Solo/Ensemble and Organizational contests, it is the fourth straight top ten finish. Congratulations to former Waukegan Band members Joshua Kumpula and Emily Fletcher Heslinga as well as numerous students during those years.
Congratulations to Waukegan Band member Kalina Hull ! Kalina, a Senior at Zion Benton High School was 1st chair Contra Alto Clarinet in the IMEA All-State Honors Band, January 28-30, 2016.
2016 Season Update
According to the City of Waukegan website here, construction to rebuild the Grand Avenue/Rt. 132 lakefront entrance bridge is scheduled to be completed in May of 2016. As our 2016 season opening nears, check back for further updates on visiting the Stiner Pavilion Tuesday evenings.
LAKEFRONT CONCERT SITE
ALTERNATE RAIN SITE AND INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION SITE
THANK YOU to our audience, sponsors/donors and musicians for another successful season! Concert attendance was up 13% in 2015. We pledge our best efforts to continue offering summer relaxation and family entertainment.
You can only see what you look for... Waukegan beach photo by Tracy Adams
Copyright (C) Waukegan Band Foundation, 2009-2016
Copyright (C) Waukegan Band Foundation, 2009-2016