LaPorte City Band opens summer season June 6

The historic LaPorte City Band will begin its new season Wednesday, June 6, and continue through Aug. 8. Concerts are free each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Dennis F. Smith Amphitheater in Fox Park.

The LaPorte Municipal Band began performing for the people of LaPorte in 1879 and has continued to perform through the years. Members of the band come from all walks of life, uniting in 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 and community will also perform this year. Soloists will include Moriah Carmel, trumpet; Donna Mitchell soprano; Tim King, tenor; Madison Kutch, conductor; and Andrew Steck, conductor.

The band is under the direction of Mr. Charles Steck, who begins his sixth season as musical director. Steck holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from Valparaiso University. He was band and choir director at LaPorte High School until 2016, and currently is professor of trumpet at Valparaiso University and Andrews University. He maintains a trumpet studio here in LaPorte, as well as at Lakeshore High School, Culver Academies and Portage High School.

Performing members of the band this year are:

Flutes: Merry Johnson, Elaine Hornyak, Sara McMahon

Oboe: Mary Steck, Delaney Bluhm, Alex Ake

Bassoon: Cindy Ault

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

Saxophone: Elin Boklund, Linda Machler, Dave Weirich, Kirsten Burden

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

Horn: Jen Hayes, Dana Chartier, Donna Mitchell, Emily Gesino

Trombone: Steve Watson, Dan Kelly, Mark Walton

Euphonium: Dennis Miller

Tuba: Richard Watson, Dakota Maze, Gary Kurtis

Percussion: Tom Milo, Jason Milo, Taylor Scott, Lauren Teykl, Noah Carter

The announcer is Regina Smelser.

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