Making Music for 100 Years – Butler County Times-Gazette
By Keith West Special for the Times-Gazette
Forest Park was filled with music last Thursday as the El Dorado Municipal Band kicked off its summer season with a gala concert. 2022 marks the group’s 100th consecutive season of performance.
Before the concert, band members, city leaders, former EDMB directors and special guests were treated to a burger prepared by the El Dorado Red Devils.
The concert at the Forest Park outdoor bandstand began at 7:30 p.m. with senior manager John Templin conducting ‘The Great Race March’, followed by the national anthem. The Honorable Bill Young, Mayor of El Dorado, read a proclamation declaring June 2 El Dorado Municipal Band Day in the city, followed by Council President Marlene Avery reading a similar proclamation from the Honorable Kansas Governor Laura Kelly declaring June 2nd as El Dorado Municipal Band Day in the state. Ms. Avery also read comments placed on the Congressional Record by the Honorable Roger Marshall, US Senator from Kansas. In his comments, Marshall, an El Dorado native and graduate of El Dorado High School and Butler Community College, spoke of his enjoyment of EDMB’s performances over the years.
In commemoration of the 100th consecutive performance season, the band commissioned Oklahoma’s Ed Huckaby to compose “Fanfare for El Dorado”, which received its world premiere at the concert. Dr. Huckaby has also served as a conductor; he has led a variety of bands over the years, as well as being a prolific composer of band literature.
The rest of the concert was devoted to the directors of current and former groups linked to the EDMB. Each surviving director chose a musical selection and conducted it during the concert. Returning gig directors (and years of service to the band) included Doug Talbott (1978-87), Paul Howe (1988-89), Bill Olsen (1991-92), Kevin Monroe (1990, 1993-2011 ), and Steven Wilson (2012-17). They joined current EDMB directors Brett Martinez, Kelly Middleton and John Templin.
One of the highlights of the evening was the performance of “Come Sunday” by Duke Ellington, featuring local saxophonist Lynn Harrington and conducted by John Templin. The concert ended with another of Ed Huckaby’s compositions “March of the Roughnecks”, also conducted by Templin.
The El Dorado Municipal Band’s 2022 summer season will continue through July 28, with most concerts Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Forest Park band shell. June 14 at 7 p.m. will be the annual Flag Day concert, and on July 22 the band will travel to Wichita as a guest ensemble for the Kansas Bandmaster’s Association annual conference. Each local concert will feature a treat for the public, in addition to beautiful music from local musicians. For more information, visit the City of El Dorado website under the Community tab or go directly to http://www.eldoks.com/549/El-Dorado-Municipal-Band .
EDMB Group Day – City1 (lr) Bill Young, John Templin
EDMB Marshall Presentation 2 (lr) Teresa Boerma, Barbara Templin, Anita Seivley, Roger Marshall, Marlene Avery, Keith West
The El Dorado Municipal Band
100th Show Season Schedule
June 9 – 7:30 p.m. Concert in the park
June 14 – 7:00 p.m. Flag Day Concert
June 16 – 7:30 p.m. Concert in the park
June 23 – 7:30 p.m. Commemorative concert
June 30 – 7:30 p.m. Concert in the park
July 7 – 7:30 p.m. Concert in the park
July 14 – 7:30 p.m. Bake sale concert
July 22 – TBA Kansas Bandmaster’s Assoc., Concert in Wichita
July 28 – 7:30 p.m. Concert in the park