Joliet Central Symphonic Band to Perform at Lincoln Center in New York

Joliet Band’s first major invite to NYC since 1964; the band will perform on stage at the home of the New York Philharmonic.

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The Joliet Central Symphonic Band is selected to perform a concert on Monday, March 23, 2020, at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall), home of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the most renowned concert halls in the world.

The band was invited to apply based on recent performances and reputation in Illinois. Audition videos and recordings were submitted to a committee in New York. Michael Adelson, Conductor-Clinician of the New York Philharmonic and Assistant Artistic Director of Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), states: “each season, we receive many audition videos of solo groups who wish to perform at Lincoln Center. Our selection process is exacting. Very few groups are of the superb quality required to perform at Lincoln Center. Joliet Central is one of those few: the band received unanimous approval from the Artistic Team.”

This is not the first time the Joliet band has performed in New York.

In the Joliet high school band’s 107 year history, records show that the band was invited to perform at Radio City Music Hall for the Rockettes in 1936, the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Opera House, and even on the steps of New York City Hall. The 1936 performance holds special significance; the president of U.S. Steel at that time, Charles S. Belsterling, heard the band perform. He and music editor Harry L. Alford, music arranger, created the “March of the Steelmen” for the Joliet Township High School Band. The piece received its world premiere in Joliet in 1937, and Joliet Township/Central is one of the few schools to have their own march.

In order to attend, the Joliet Central band program must raise money to cover transportation, hotels, meals, registration, tickets, equipment rental, and other costs associated with the four day-three night trip to New York with over 115 band members. Band members are currently working towards fundraising for their trip with candy bar sales, mattress sales, and Charitymania ticket sales. The band will be also be hosting two music festivals in the fall to help raise money for the trip.

Director Don Stinson states: “to say that I am proud of our students is an understatement. Performing at Lincoln Center is on many musicians’ bucket lists, and we have some extremely hard-working students that have been awarded this opportunity. It will be a lot of work to get to New York, but we as a band are committed to representing our school and community by sharing our own musical culture in New York.”

If you are interested in helping to sponsor the band for this opportunity, please contact Don Stinson at dstinson@jths.org or visit our Alumni Nation fundraiser page by clicking here.