Welcome back! We are excited to be able to see you again at the John E. N. Howard Band Shell for the 2022 season. Our thanks to the City Manager, John Hodgson; Head of Public Works, Greg Grothous; Recreation Manager, Carrie Ogonowski; Mayor, Laura Goos; City Commissioners and Taxpayers.

2022 St. Joseph Municipal Band


Monday, July 4               7:00 P.M.  Municipal Band Concert

Sunday, July 10             7:00 P.M.  Municipal Band Concert 

Sunday, July 17             7:00 P.M.  Jazz Band Concert

Sunday, July 24             7:00 P.M.  Municipal Band Concert

Sunday, July 31             7:00 P.M.  Municipal Band Concert

Sunday, August  7          7:00 P.M.  Municipal Band Concert

Sunday, August  14        7:00 P.M.  Jazz Band Concert

Sunday, August  21        7:00 P.M.  Municipal Band Concert

Sunday, August  28        7:00 P.M.  Municipal Band Concert

Sunday, September  4    7:00 P.M. Municipal Band Concert

Monday, September  5   7:00 P.M.  Municipal Band Concert   


St. Joseph Municipal Band

Master 2022


St. Joseph Municipal Jazz Band

Master Jazz 2022

John E. N. Howard, was conductor of the Municipal Band beginning in 1948 through 1987; he also was the St. Joseph High School Band Director until he retired in 1963. The band has been conducted by Dr. Donald Moely, since 1987.


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

D Moely

Dr. Moely is starting his 35 year as Director of the St. Joseph Municipal Band. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. He then received his Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Music Education from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Following this, Dr. Moely served as Director of Bands at Winona State University,  Winona, Minnesota. During his term there he developed the Symphonic Band. This was followed by 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. 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 was also the Director of Choirs at John Adams High School in South Bend, IN. Donald and Eloise Moely are the parents of a daughter Donelle (deceased), son Michael (Laura) and grandson Matthew living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

“We are excited to be back serving the city of St. Joseph, MI audiences at the John E.N. Howard band shell with our weekly Sunday concerts at 7:00 p.m. Plan to join us at this beautiful scenic setting along the Lake Michigan shore line.”


The City Boat Launch is located at 282 Anchor's Court, on Marina Island. There is a small daily per car/trailer parking fee for both residents and non-residents; residents and non-residents may purchase a season parking permit from the Marina. For current parking permit fees, click here.

 September 25, 2013, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with the grand opening of the new fish cleaning station located at the City Boat Launch. New restrooms were also constructed and are handicap accessible. The station, at the city's boat launch along Anchor's Way on Marina Island, has a roof for all-weather use, stainless steel tables and water hoses, outlets for electric knives and other appliances, a grinder that emulsifies fish guts, and a scaler for perch and other catch. Employees at West Basin Marina will keep the station clean.

The cost for the project was estimated at $330,000 but was completed for $265,800, including $105,800 in city funds.The project was made possible by a $150,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Great Lakes Fishery Trust and a $10,000 donation from the local chapter of Michigan Steelheaders, which promotes salmon fishing.  


City Boat Launch Pass

An exception to the 2018 system setup involves parking at the City Boat Lauch, where a sticker will continue to be required. Parking permits for the City Boat Launch are also available for sale at the West Basin Marina Office each year beginning March 1 for a small fee. These annual permits exempt you from daily parking gees at the City Boat Launch. To obtain an annual permit, simply visit the West Basin Marina Office. Parking passes must be permanently affixed to the lower corner of your vehicle's driver side window. 

Dickinson Park, at the corner of Lakeview and Wallace Avenues, is owned by the City. The park contains baseball and softball fields and is the home of the high school baseball and softball teams. The fields are available for public use when not occupied by school activities.


The John and Dede Howard Family Recreation Trail begins behind the Water Plant, at the south end of Lions Park Drive (just below the pedestrian bridge from Lake Court), and runs north to Park Street; west to Silver Beach (use the sidewalk); north along the park sidewalk to Elm Street; north and then east along the edges of Whirlpool Centennial Park; north on the south side of Vine Street; east through the Upton Arboretum along the St. Joseph River, and continues east below the Berrien County Courthouse before ending at the Bicentennial Bridge. This multi-use path allows for beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River over most of its length. Trail map


John E.N. Howard Band Shell is located at the corner of Lake Boulevard and Port Street and hosts the Municipal Band concerts; St. Joseph Today sponsored Brown Bag and Friday Night concerts, as well as, a variety of other public events.

The facility may also be rented for weddings only.  

Visit  www.sjcityparkrec.com for additional rental information and completing an on-line reservation request. 


kiwanisKiwanis Park is located on Pearl Street near Langley Avenue; there is also a picnic shelter available for use. Visit https://stjosephmi.myrec.com/ or call (269) 983-6341 to make reservations. If not rented groups may use the shelter on a first come, first-served basis. The park also has a softball filed, a basketball court, and playground equipment. Kiwanis Park is also home to the John and Dede Howard Skateboard Park, an in-line skating/skateboarding/BMX biking facility.

You will also find the Dog Park at this location.



Lions Park Beach located at the south end of Lions Park Drive, has three shelters, public restrooms, grills, picnic tables, and playground equipment. There are no lifeguards and swimming at this beach is discouraged. Residents may obtain a free seasonal parking permit from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. Non-residents are required to pay at the Pay to Park meters located within the Park.  They can pay for hourly, daily or a seasonal pass at the Pay to Park meters.  For current parking permit fees, click here.


Margaret B. Upton Arboretum provides approximately eleven hundred feet of footage on the south side of the St. Joseph River, adjacent to the downtown area. The park is a great place to take the kids and feed the ducks or to enjoy the many sculptures placed throughout the park. The Howard Recreation Trail passes through the arboretum.

lookout park

Lookout Park located on Lakeshore Drive north of Hawthorne Avenue, has two separate parking areas with picnic facilities allowing a scenic view of Lake Michigan. The southerly parking area includes the Richard Kiesel Memorial Viewing Structure, which allows visitors the closest approach to the edge of the bluff and the best view.

miltonMilton Park is located at the corner of Niles and Winchester Avenues. It is a passive park with play area and playground equipment.

riverview1Riverview Park located at 2927 Niles Road is a 107-acre park located in a bend of the St. Joseph River. The park has baseball fields, playground equipment, picnic shelters, and nature trails.

If you are interested in renting a pavilion or shelter, please click here. Rentals are discounted 20% for city of St Joseph residents.  


Briarwood Shelter -  nesteled along the St Joseph River is just down the hill as you enter the park. This facility seats approximately 400 guests and has twelve 16" long banquet tables.  The tables are NOT able to be moved. 

Rental Rate: Monday - Thursday - $350.00

Friday - Sunday - $400.00 

Woodbine Lodge is a fully enclosed facility with a full kitchen, running water and electricity. The space seats approximately 100 guests.  Available for use are two 6' round tables and twelve 8' tables with 100 folding chairs.

Rental Rate: Monday - Thursday - $250.00

Friday - Saturday - $310.00 

Lions Shelter is in the grassy, shady portion of the park and seats approximately 80 people.  This open pavilion allows for guests to spread out on the grassy space near the shelter.  

Rental Rate: Monday - Thursday - $100.00 

Friday - Sunday - $125.00 


Whittlesey Park located at 2414 Willa Drive, is home to the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena; there is an open play field adjacent to the Ice Arena.


Tiny Tot's Park is located at the corner of Willa Drive and Botham Avenue and has a playground specifically designed for younger children.


Tiscornia Park is a family-oriented park located on sixteen acres along the shoreline of Lake Michigan at the northwest corner of the City. Amenities include the North Pier Lighthouse and walkway that is a popular spot for fishing and watching sunsets, restroom facilities, sandy beach and a pavilion that will accommodate about 35 for picnics. Rental information is available by clicking here. 

There is a small daily per car parking fee for both residents and non-residents. A parking kioski is located near the restrooms. Residents may obtain a free seasonal parking permit and non-residents may purchase a seasonal parking permit from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. 

Your tour will start at Lake Bluff Park, near the Whitcomb Hotel. As you scan the area below the bluff you notice the Margaret B. Upton Arboretum with its many sculptures and park benches, the St. Joseph River, the St. Joseph Lighthouse and magnificent Lake Michigan. It is these vital waterways that have helped shape the destiny of the region.

The John and Dede Howard Skate Park is an in-line skating, skateboarding, and BMX biking facility. Complete with ramps, rails and half-pipes. Helmets are recommended.

A Zoning Map of the City can be found under the Code of Ordinances webpage. Other maps are available on the City's current master plan located under the Zoning Department's webpage. If you require a more "tourist-friendly" map of downtown please visit St. Joseph Today's location map (please report if link is broken). If you have further questions about Maps in the City of St. Joseph please feel free to contact the City and we will be happy to help you.

The Welcome Center promotes tourism in the area.

Recreational programs including the Summer Recreational Program and the Summer Tennis program are managed by the Parks Department. Please click here for more information.  

Looking for something fun to do? St. Joseph offers 17 parks encompassing more than 200 acres, with a variety of recreational opportunities. Whether you prefer an afternoon of fishing, relaxing on one of our beaches, taking a stroll along picturesque trails, or hitting the skateboard park, you're sure to find it here. Current Beach Conditions

Located off of Willa Drive and adjacent to Whittlesey Park, the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena is a great, family-friendly, ice arena within the City of St. Joseph to bring your friends and family.

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