Municipal Band Announces 2017 Concert Schedule

The Sioux Falls Municipal Band will kick off their 2017 concert schedule this Saturday! The Sioux Falls Municipal Band is one of the oldest and most esteemed bands in the nation, performing since 1919. Bandmaster Chris Hill is a noted professional musician, performing locally with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, as well as with some of the world’s most prestigious musical organizations. He is celebrating his 20th season as the Bandmaster of the Sioux Falls Municipal Band, and to celebrate, he is bringing back some of his favorite concert themes.

Outdoor concerts are weather permitting. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a great lineup. To view the concert lineup online, visit

Date  Time   Location  Theme 
5/20/17  10 a.m.  VA Medical Center  Armed Forces Day 
5/29/17  10 a.m.  VA Medical Center  Memorial Day 
6/6/17  7:30 p.m.  Dow Rummel  Victrola Voyage 
6/11/17  8 p.m.  Terrace Park Band Shell  Bugs Bunny: Classical Music You Didn’t Know You Knew!*  
6/14/17  7 p.m.  Veterans’ Memorial Park  The Greatest Generation 
6/18/17  8 p.m.  Terrace Park Band Shell  Sousa!  
6/20/17  7:30 p.m.  The Inn on Westport  Glory of the Trumpets  
6/25/17  8 p.m.  Terrace Park Band Shell  Don’t Worry, Be Hippy . . . A Baby Boomer Bash*  
6/27/17  7:30 p.m.  Good Samaritan Village  Play that Funky Oboe, Hot Boys  
7/2/17  8 p.m.  Terrace Park Band Shell  In the Miller Mood  
7/4/17  11 a.m.  Falls Park  American Pride 
7/4/17  7:30 p.m.  W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds  Red, White, and Blue 
7/7/17  7 p.m.  Pop-Up Park at Phillips Avenue Plaza  Mini Muni Brass Band  
7/8/17  10 a.m.  U.S.S. S.D. Battleship Memorial  Victory at Sea  
7/9/17  8 p.m.  Terrace Park Band Shell  Sole Music—Marches!*  
7/13/17  7:30 p.m.  Active Generations  Heaven and that other Place  
7/16/17  8 p.m.  Terrace Park Band Shell  Music by Dead White Guys*  
7/18/17  12 noon  Pop-Up Park at Phillips Avenue Plaza  Mini Muni Wind Quintet  
7/18/17  7:30 p.m.  Touchmark at All Saints  Music Heavy Enough to Sink  
7/23/17  8 p.m.  Terrace Park Band Shell  Paul Hoy Circus Concert  
7/25/17  7:30 p.m.  Good Samaritan Center  Music A’ La King 
7/30/17  8 p.m.  Terrace Park Band Shell  It Ain’t Over ╩╝til a Person of Yet to be Determined Stature and Gender Sings 
8/2/17  7:30 p.m.  McKennan Park Band Shell  Benny, Glenn, Duke, and Friends  
8/6/17  8 p.m.  Terrace Park Band Shell  Grand Finale  

* Special Performances

Special performances will feature the following:

William Cedeño–June 11
Principal flutist of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, William Cedeño was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He started his musical career at the age of 9 in the world-renowned Venezuelan program El Sistema. In 2003, William was accepted into the Simón Bolivar Conservatory of Music and entered the studio of Miguel Pineda for flute and piccolo. Shortly after that, he won the principal position at the Francisco de Miranda Orchestra.

After moving to the United States, William attended Idyllwild Arts Academy as a post-graduate high school student under a full scholarship and joined Sara Andon. He has participated in master classes with artists such as Carol Wincenc, James Galway, Emmanuel Pahud, Robert Dick, Joshua Smith, Jeffrey Khaner, Marianne Gedigian, and Jean Ferrandis. In 2011, he was accepted into the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he finished his undergraduate studies in the studio of Timothy Day. His most recent accomplishments are winning the Berkeley Piano Club competition, the Miami Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition. William just finished his first year of masters at Rice University, studying with Leone Buyse.

Julia Olson–June 25
We welcome Julia Olson, Miss South Dakota 2016! Julia possesses one of the most beautiful and flexible voices in the region, and you will thoroughly enjoy her exciting performance! Julia is a graduate of South Dakota State University where she studied early childhood education and elementary education. Aside from her studies, Julia spent much of her time pursuing one of her biggest passions—singing. As a music minor she studied under Dr. Laura Diddle and was involved in the Concert Choir, a women’s chamber choir that toured Russia, SDSU’s Madrigal Dinner, and a campus ministry praise team. Her most recent performance venture took her to the Miss America stage in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where she represented our state as Miss South Dakota 2016. As a classically trained vocalist, singing in the historic Boardwalk Hall was an experience Julia won’t soon forget. Upon returning to South Dakota, she spent the remainder of her reign touring the state singing at various venues and speaking to students about her platform, “Worth It,” a campaign directed toward helping students (and adults) of all backgrounds and walks of life to see their value and how their unique abilities can positively impact our society. Julia looks forward to continuing to serve our state post-Miss South Dakota—both in the classroom and as a vocalist.

Nancy Barnes Williams–July 9
As a part of our Centennial Celebration, we have another new piece composed for the Sioux Falls Municipal Band. Rapid City resident Nancy Barnes Williams, a Band alumnus, has written Prairie Wonder, which describes the beautiful geological formations known as Prairie Potholes. She describes it as follows: ”A Prairie Pothole is a pocket of earth formed when glaciers covered ancient plains. Today, these depressions fill with water and are a haven for birds and other animals. This piece depicts such a place in the early hours of predawn and sunrise and evokes all the wonder and majesty of a new day unfolding on the South Dakota Prairie.”

John Walker–July 16
John Walker is not only an exceptional pianist but also a renowned composer and arranger! He has arranged The Union for band and piano and will be performing it on July 16! Dr. Walker is an outstanding musician who has performed to great acclaim internationally! The Union was written for Abraham and Mrs. Lincoln in 1864. It was composed as a battle piece, and it is frequently accompanied by cannons, when available. John Walker is professor of piano at South Dakota State University and plays principal keyboard for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO). His most recent accomplishments include a performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with the SDSO in 2010 and performances of the entire cycle of 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven from 2008–2013. He is also a published arranger and composer—his most recent achievement being a series of six books of recital pieces for flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and violin, called the In the Attic series published by Carl Fischer.

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