St. Joseph Municipal Band 2

To the fine audiences of the St Joseph Municipal Band,

We want to sincerely thank all of you for your terrific support you’ve given the band by your
dedicated and steadfast attendance during the 2018 season. You are the vital element in these
concerts each week. Thank you for also giving a friendly welcome to members of the audience
visiting from other communities, other states and other countries, that are part of the audiences
each week.
We want to especially thank City Manager John Hodgson, and Mayor Michael Gary, the
commissioners and all the the taxpayers for the continued support that makes our band
possible each summer.
We appreciate the work of Greg Grotius, Public Works director and his staff for moving our
percussion equipment back and forth between the band shell and St. Joseph High School
each week. They do a fantastic job, and give careful attention to keeping the band shell neat
and beautiful for the entire summer.
I want to especially thank our fantastic talented musicians who give up their Sundays all
summer to provide the music for you each week. Their exceptional musicianship impresses
me, as we work together in a two hour rehearsal to prepare each concert of the summer. That
can happen only with the wonderfully talented musicians that are the regular members of our
band summer after summer.
As we finished the 2018 season, we now excitedly look forward to the 2019 season schedule
See you June 30, 2019.

Dr. Donald Moely, Director of the St. Joseph Municipal Band

Conductor: Dr. Donald Moely
Music Librarian: Drew Kaptor
St. Joseph Band Managers: Christopher Keech, and Dr. Steve Schadler
Sound Technician: Tim King, LTD Music Productions

Address: John E N Howard Band Shell in downtown St.Joseph, MI
​(across from the Whitcomb Tower Residence, on the St. Joseph River)

2019 Municipal Band Concert Schedule

  • June 30, Sun - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • July 4, Thurs - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • July 7, Sun - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • July 14, Sun - Big Band Concert 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • July 21, Sun - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • July 28, Sun -Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 4, Sun- Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 11, Sun - Big Band Concert 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 18, Sun- Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 25, Sun - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 1, Sun - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 2 Mon -  Band Mon Concerts @ 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Donald K. Moely Director St. Joseph Municipal Band

eml swingbandDr. Moely is completing 31 years as Director of the St. Joseph Municipal Band this summer. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, followed by his Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Music Education from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Moely served as Director of Bands at Winona State University, in Winona, Minnesota. During his term there, he developed the Symphonic Band and organized several recruitment band tours throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. He later moved to take the position of Chairman of the Music Department, and Director of Bands at Lake Michigan College, where he directed the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Show Choir, taught brass lessons and piano classes in the electronic keyboard lab. While teaching at the college, Dr. Moely received several outstanding commendation awards for his leadership in the college’s music program. During his work there Donald and Eloise Moely received the Bernard Radde Award given annually by the College Board of Trustees to outstanding contributors to the development of Lake Michigan College. He directed a European music tour featuring the college’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Show Choir. Dr. Moely continued his post Doctorate studies in trumpet and music education administration at North Texas State University and received a Sabbatical leave from the college to study trumpet and orchestral conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg Austria. He is presently the choral director at John Adams High School in the South Bend Public Schools. Donald and Eloise Moely are the parents of a daughter Donelle and a son Michael living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"It is a great honor to be the conductor of this fine group of musicians. Their dedication to serving the St. Joseph audiences with concerts each Sunday and holidays during the summer at the John E. N. Howard band shell is phenomenal. I strive to keep the successful variety of programming and the high professional musical standards that were set for this community’s tax based band by my predecessor, John E. N. Howard (for which the band shell is named). Our band receives numerous positive compliments from visitors across the entire country and from around the world, who tell us this quality band, the programs and the performance setting at the John E. N. Howard Band Shell overlooking the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan is an outstanding phenomenon. It is a beautiful combination and it is truly thrilling for the musicians, the audiences and myself. I am glad to program all the fine talent and serve our community by performing to fine audiences each summer and continue the great tradition of this St Joseph Municipal Band."




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