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Our 22nd year....American Music & Composers

At University City
2018 concerts will take place in Heman Park (Midland & Shaftesbury Entrance)
Rain or Shine rain walk Brittany Woods Middle School
8125 Groby Rd
St. Louis, MO 63130

Upcoming Concerts

     Dale Skornia, Conductor
     Jared Spears, Composer
     Dale Skornia, Conductor
NATIONAL EMBLEM.....Bagley; Arr Fennell
MANCINI!.....Arr Reed
COMIC TAT TOO.....Fahrbach; Arr Meyrelles

Conductor Dr. Dale E. Skornia has taught music at Ferris State University (FSU), Big Rapids, Michigan, since 2006. He is conductor of the FSU Symphony Band and West Central Chamber Orchestra, Faculty Director of the student conducted Athletic Pep Band, faculty sponsor for the Delta Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and is often a guest conductor and performer for the West Central Concert Band and FSU Jazz Band. At FSU, he has taught Music Appreciation, Music for the Elementary Teacher, Music Fundamentals and American Popular Music. Dr. Skornia earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree (1980) from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Music degree (1993) from Wichita State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2004) from Arizona State University. Dale enjoys snow skiing, bicycling and is a FAA licensed Private Pilot.

Jared Spears, composer is Professor of Music Emeritus at Arkansas State University. He was born in Chicago and received a B.S.E. degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University; a B.M. and an M.M. degrees in Percussion and Composition from the Cosmopolitan School of Music; and a D.M. degree in Composition from Northwestern University. His teachers include Blythe Owen, Alan Stout, and Anthony Donato. Post-doctoral studies include the study of music for film and television at MGM, Lorimar, 20th Century Fox, and Evergreen Studios under the guidance of John Cacavas. Dr. Spears has taught theory, music history, composition, percussion, and band on all educational levels from elementary school through college. His awards include the Faricy Award for Creative Music from Northwestern, the Award of Merit from the Arkansas Chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs, Outstanding Educators of America, International Who’s Who in Music, Who’s Who in the World of Percussion-U.S.A., Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, Sigma Alpha Iota National Arts Associate, and several ASCAP Awards. During his tenure at Arkansas State, Dr. Spears received the University President’s Award for the outstanding faculty member as well as an appointment as a President’s Fellow. To date, Dr. Spears has composed music for radio and television commercials and produced more than 350 original published works for band, choir, orchestra, and chamber ensembles. His music has been performed and recorded worldwide and he has conducted band festivals, music camps, and clinics around the world. His music has also been the subject of numerous articles in music journals and texts and he is considered one of the most performed American composers of wind and percussion music. Dr. Spears has appeared at several universities as a guest lecturer.
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"...exactly what a community band ought to be..." audience comment during the 2004 season

"It was terrific to get to hear such a fine band, and so close to our house. I loved how the balance was great, the blend was lovely, and you got them to play dynamics(!)." comment during the 2011 season, by Thomas Jostlein, Associate Principal French Horn, St. Louis Symphony, from the 2011 season

The 100-member (give or take) UCity Summer Band is... Light Classics, Marches, Patriotic Music, Show Tunes, Transcriptions, Popular Music, Jazz, and Original Music for Band.

Concerts will be held at our new venue in Heman Park, 1028 Midland Blvd, University City, MO 63130 (park entrance is off Midland, opposite Shaftesbury).

All concerts start at 7PM, last about 80 minutes, and include a short intermission. Seating is on the lawn. Bring a lawn chair or blanket as available seating is limited. Bring your children! Bring a picnic!

For our last piece each concert, we play "On the Mall." Children are invited to come up to the front and conduct the band and receive their very own UCity Summer Band pencil!