The Elmhurst University Summer Band will soon begin its fifth season with concerts at the Gates of Knowledge on the Elmhurst University campus.  The EU Summer Band is composed of students, faculty, alumni, local music teachers and community members. The EU Summer Band will perform a variety of music for the outdoor performances.

The first concert, “Music for a Summer Evening,” is slated for Wednesday, June 15, and the second concert, “American Pageant,” will be Wednesday, June 29, with both concerts beginning at 7 p.m. Dr. James Hile and Professor John Heath will serve as the conductors for the band while Professor Emeritus Judy Grimes will be featured as a guest conductor on the second concert.

Music to be performed includes light classic overtures, including “Poet and Peasant” Overture by von Suppe, movie music from “Pirates of the Caribbean”, music from Broadway musicals, including “Fiddler on the Roof”, Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango”, novelty pieces, and dances and marches from around the world.

Arrive early and bring lawn chairs, blankets, drinks and a picnic to celebrate a return to the outdoor sounds of summer. The concert is free and will be presented at the Gates of Knowledge located on Prospect Avenue with parking available on campus or across the street at the Wilder Mansion. In case or rain, Hammerschmidt Chapel will become the concert site.

Community members looking for an opportunity to perform with the band are still welcome. Rehearsals are every Monday and Wednesday in June from 7-9 PM in Hammerschmidt Chapel.  There are three rehearsals prior to each concert.  If interested, please email Dr. Hile at


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