City Band to Begin Summer Concerts at Pfiffner
By Robert Whitmire
The Stevens Point City Band will present its first concert of the summer season at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 5, in the Pfiffner Pioneer Park band shell along the Wisconsin River. The band, under the direction of Kathryn Kawleski, has 80 members this season.
“Let’s Hear It For The Boys” will be the concert theme as the band performs selections including “Who’s That Masked Man?”, “A Charlie Brown Celebration”, “Brian’s Song”, “The Blues Brothers”, “Selections from Aladdin” and “Sinatra in Concert”. The music for the weekly children’s march will be “J.F.K. March” by Eugene Jelesnik.
Concerts are free and held Wednesday evenings through July 31. Audience members should bring chairs or blankets for seating. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the gymnasium at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, 1919 Wyatt Avenue.
The City Band dates back to 1890 and with a couple of short intervals has been continuously providing summer music entertainment. Originally, there were two bands that started and shortly combined to form one band called the Union Band. The group played under that banner until 1905 when Ernest Weber took over the directorship and changed the name to Weber’s Band. Weber’s Band became the Stevens Point City Band in 1952. During the many years of its existence the band has played at several different venues including the Southside Park, Mead Park and for some years on the roof of the old heating plant at the Emerson School. During the 1960s the band performed on the terrace in front of the University Center on Reserve Street. The band moved to its current location, the bandshell at Pfiffner Pioneer Park in 1977.
The band practices for about two hours each Tuesday with a concert to follow on Wednesday evenings through the months of June and July.