The City of St. Joseph offers municipal band concerts every Sunday throughout the summer months. Conveniently located downtown at Port Street and Lake Boulevard, the municipal band concerts take place at the John E. N. Howard Band Shell. Its namesake, John Howard, was conductor of the municipal band beginning in 1948 through 1987; also, he was the St. Joseph High School band director until he retired in 1963.


About today’s guest performer


 Megan Yacobozzi

Megan Laine Yacobozzi is a National Award-winning, 2019 graduate of St. Joseph High School, where she performed in the Concert Choir and Show Choir, helped lead the Women's Ensemble and Chorale, and had prominent roles and solos in musicals, plays and concerts.  Both in school and out, Megan has performed in over 190 theatrical productions and concerts.  You may have seen her as Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Mama Noah in Children of Eden, or Paulette in Legally Blonde, just to name a few.  This past June, Megan performed with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Chorus throughout Budapest, Vienna, and Prague as a featured soloist.  She traveled with the same group in 2017, as they performed in Ireland.  Last summer, Megan was invited to participate in the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy.  While there, she made her operatic debut in Puccini’s Gianni Schicci.  This Fall, Megan will attend the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in pursuit of a degree in Voice Performance, focusing in operatic studies.  She is delighted to be performing with the St. Joseph Municipal Band for the fourth season in a row.


Michael Garey, Mayor                                                                       Conducted by
John Hodgson, City Manager                                                    Dr. Donald Moely 
                            Sunday, July 21, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Opening Ceremony: Please join in singing the National Anthem
1.   El Capitan March………………………………………….John Philip Sousa

2.   A Jubilant Prelude…………,………………………………..Claude T. Smith

3.   Sound of Music…………,………..… Rogers and Hammerstein, arr. Bennet
                                               Megan Yoccobozi, Vocal Soloist
4.   Blue Tango……………………………………………………………Leroy Anderson

      Municipal Band Brass Quintet, William Camp, coordinator
      Yankee Doodle             Round Folk Song arr Paul Basler 1983
      Battle Hymn                 arr. Bruce Howden 1980
      Tie a Yellow Ribbon     Irwin Levine and Russell Brown  Musicians     
                                                       Publications 1972
      Eternal Father Strong to Save  Traditional Navy Hymn arr. Ryan 
                                               Nowlin edited John Schreckengost 2008
      Your a Grand Old Flag  George M Cohan  arr Randall Block
      William Camp, Charles Steck, Trumpets; Stacie Detgen, French Horn
      Gary Cooper, Trombone; Michael Shannon, Tuba

5.     Star Dust…………………..……………Hoagey Carmichael, arr. Warren Barker
                                            Megan Yaccobozi Vocal Soloist
6.     America First………………………………………………John Philip Sousa

We return with band concerts at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. , July 28, when our guest will be Madeline Schrock. 


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 32 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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