Welcome back Charles Noud of Granite City School Bands as our guest director. Our concert begins at 7:00 m at the city park bandstand on Main Street in Mt Olive. Please share this on social media. See you there!
Don’t forget about our first Mt. Olive concert of 2021. Concert starts at 7:00 pm this evening (June 3, 2021) at Mt Olive—Main St. Park at the round bandstand. Please help get the word out.
Band members: Please arrive by 6:30 and if you agreed to put word out on social media, please don’t forget. Remind parents of youngsters that the Mt Olive city park on Main Street has a brand new playground where parents can watch their kids play and still enjoy the free concert!
The correct time the band will start playing on Memorial Day in Staunton is 10:40 or a little earlier. This corrects a now edited post giving an incorrect starting time.
2021 Memorial Day Ceremony in Staunton
The Staunton VFW will resume their annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 31 at 11:00 am in front of the War Memorial on Main Street in Staunton. The Band will play selections before (beginning at 10:40 or a little earlier) and during the ceremony as always so we hope to see our fans and family there!
Band members, please remember to bring your own chair and music stand. You also might want to bring clips to hold music in the wind and maybe even an umbrella. You also may wish to douse yourself with sunscreen before. The band members should be ready to tune by 10:30. Please invite friends and family. Social Media mavens in the band–please get the word out so townspeople will come to the ceremony. Thank you!!
Announcing Summer 2021 Season!
We are pleased to announce that we will have a 2021 Season. At this time we can announce that in June we will have our usual series on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm. Although the Staunton season is not yet finalized, we expect to have four or five concerts in Staunton on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm in July.
For band members, rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, May 12 at our Mt. Olive rehearsal location. Rehearsals are always at 7:00. Please use the contact page on this website to send the director any questions.
Rehearsal at Round Church
7/17 Rehearsal moved to round church
Exciting Concert This Thursday, July 18!
For this week’s concert, we are bringing back guest star TC Chandler, keyboardist for The Temptations. People who watched TC and his trio perform with the band back in 2017 recall a rocking and jazzy concert that included an impromptu jam session afterward that had audience members dancing. Come and see TC’s jazz and rock keyboard skills and hear great music. Something like TC doesn’t perform in Staunton every day, so don’t miss it! Laugh at the heat and bring some cool beverages and enjoy the concert!
Thursday, July 18 2019 7:30 PM at the newly renovated bandstand behind the Staunton City Hall and Library.
Announcement for Band Members
All band members, please remember that we will practice on stage this week. There is no rain in the forecast, so we are still planning to be in Staunton.
2019 Performance Calendar
2019 Performance Calendar!!!
Memorial Day – See previous post below for cities and times
June 6, Mt. Olive City Park Bandstand 7:00 pm
June 9, Black Diamond Days 1:00 pm by City Hall, Gillespie, IL
June 13, Mt. Olive City Park Bandstand 7:00 pm
June 20, Mt. Olive City Park Bandstand 7:00 pm
June 27, Mt. Olive City Park Bandstand 7:00 pm
July 11 – Staunton City Hall Bandstand 7:30 pm
July 18 – Staunton City Hall Bandstand 7:30 pm
—-Return of Popular Guest Performer T.C. Chandler, keyboardist with The Temptations
July 25 – Staunton City Hall Bandstand 7:30 pm
— Annual Children and Family Concert Sponsored by First National Bank of Staunton
August 1 – Staunton City Hall Bandstand 7:30 pm
Memorial Day Band Schedule
The Band will play three Memorial Day Ceremonies:
9:00 am Gillespie Cemetery https://goo.gl/maps/fHdHrQM5eawXtLSL8
Band Members please be there by 8:40 am at the latest. The downbeat is at 9:00 am. You are exposed to the sun in this location, so please be sure to wear sunscreen. You need to bring a folding chair (not a lawn chair) and a music stand. The younger members of the band will walk over to the Catholic Cemetery following the first ceremony for a short playing of the National Anthem and America the Beautiful (form the little spiral bound booklet). Immediately following that, head to Staunton for the next ceremony. There is a 40% chance of rain forecast. They may affect our performance.
11:00 am Staunton City Hall on Main St.
Band members see above. Downbeat is at 11:00 sharp. You will not be quite as exposed to the sun in this location but you should have bottle water. You may wear caps as long as they are not distracting ones, preferably red or white. Following this performance, there may be an opportunity to eat hot dogs at the VFW before heading to Benld.
1:00 pm Benld Cemetery https://goo.gl/maps/hNnJ8ar4uUJ98uET9
Same notes as above. Downbeat is at 1:00 pm. This location is very exposed to the sun and with the late rains, the ground may be quite wet in places. We will try to set up in a stable zone.