Scenes from LaPorte City Band’s opening summer concert

Kesling Middle School student Alayna Jackomis and some of her artwork that was displayed during the concert.

June 7 concert photos by Bob Wellinski (click to enlarge)

The LaPorte City Band  opened its Arts in the Park season on Wednesday, June 7, at the Dennis F. Smith Amphitheater in Fox Park. Come and enjoy its free concerts every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. through Aug. 9. 

The LaPorte Municipal Band began performing for citizens in 1879, and has continued to perform throughout the years. Members of the band come from all walks of life and come together because of their genuine love of music. The band plays a variety of music, from marches to overtures to Broadway and movie music. A number of soloists from the band will perform this year, as well.

The band is under the direction of Mr. Charles Steck, who begins his fifth season as musical director.  Steck holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from Valparaiso University. He is currently professor of trumpet at Valparaiso University and Andrews University. In addition, he maintains an active trumpet studio here in LaPorte, as well as Lakeshore High School and Portage High School. He also performs in trumpet extensively throughout the Michiana area with such groups as the LaPorte County Symphony, the Elkhart County Symphony, the St. Joseph Municipal Band, Windiana, the North American Brass Company, and the Tom Milo Big Band.

Performing members of the band this year include:

Flutes: Merry Johnson, Elaine Hornyak, Sara McMahon

Oboe: Mary Steck

Bassoon: Cindy Ault and Kristin Flodder

Clarinet: Kathy Brannen, Shelly Sager, David Ratajik, Terri Hundt, Katie Mitchelin, Mary Lee Riley, Regina Smelser, Carey Scheck, Sara Tharp

Saxophone: Kirsten Burden, Linda Machler, Jon Flodder, Luke Vasilarakos

Trumpet: Mike Scheck, Kelly Walton, Penny Kerr, Madison Kutch, Moriah Carmel, David Knouse

Horn: Margie Watson, Dana Chartier, Matthew Steck, Donna Mitchell

Trombone: Steve Watson, Dan Kelly, Mark Walton

Euphonium: Dennis Miller

Tuba: Richard Watson, Dakota Maze

Percussion: Tom Milo, Jason Milo, Megan Noe, Adam Smith, Molly Hodge

The announcer is Regina Smelser.

For more information on the Arts in the Park Wednesday and Thursday summer concerts, visit

2 Responses to “Scenes from LaPorte City Band’s opening summer concert”

  1. Ken Juranek

    Jun 09. 2017

    Great photos! I used to play in the City Band. Glad to hear they’re still going strong.

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  2. Regina Smelser

    Jun 10. 2017

    Thank you so much for your publicity and coverage of the band! We appreciate you all so much!!

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